The JigMaker - Universal Straight Cut

This page sets out how to set up and use your Universal Straight Cut jig.

Set Up & Use

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Safety First



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SAFETY FIRST - Please ensure you use appropriate safety gear, such as goggles, mask and ear protection, for the use of your circular saw. Please refer to the manufacturer’s documents for your particular saw and follow safety guidelines that apply for your tool. Also, keep your fingers, and anything else you don’t want cut, well clear off the blade.

Ensure the Universal straight Cut is used on a stable platform such as a table.

Ensure the area around your work area is clear (especially people).

Although the product is quite robust, please take care when unpacking and handling.


SETTING UP FOR CIRCULAR SAW



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SETTING UP FOR CIRCULAR SAW:

  1. Ensure the board is placed on a firm surface (such as a bench or table) with its edge slightly overhanging the edge of the surface.
  2. Clamping it down will make it easier to set up the jig.
  3. There are a number of ways to do this but the simplist method is to place the circular saw blade flat against the edge of the jig. You may need to raise the guard out of the way.
  4. Loosen the wingnuts and place the fence against the saw base and tighten the wingnuts.
  5. Check that the measurement from the edge to the fence at the top and bottom of the jig are the same and adjust as necessary.
  6. An alternative way is to measure the distance from the saw blade to the edge of the base and set your fence according to that measurement. If using this method, always measure from the teeth of the blade as this is the widest part of the blade.
  7. IN ALL CASES, check that the saw moves along the edge cleanly to avoid damaging your jig and to ensure a straight cut.
  8. Once your jig is set up for your saw, place the jig on top of the material to be cut and line up the edge with your cut line. It is advisable to clamp the jig in place (and your material if necessary).
  9. Finally, operate your saw by using the fence as a guide. It is unnecessary to push hard against the fence. Let the saw do all the work and simply guide it using the fence.

SETTING UP FOR ROUTER



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SETTING UP FOR ROUTER:

Unlike the circular saw where the blade rotates vertically, a router blade rotates horizontally. As such, some extra care is necessary in order to avoid complications.

  1. Ensure the board is placed on a firm surface (such as a bench or table) with its edge slightly overhanging the edge of the surface.
  2. Clamping it down will make it easier to set up the jig.
  3. Place the angle spacer provided on the edge. This provides a clearance between the router blade and the edge of the jig.
  4. As for the circular saw, there are a number of ways to do this but the simplist method is to place the router blade against the edge of the spacer - MAKE SURE THE WIDEST PART OF THE BLADE FACES TOWARDS THE SPACER.
  5. Loosen the wingnuts and place the fence against the router base and tighten the wingnuts.
  6. Check that the measurement from the edge to the fence at the top and bottom of the jig are the same and adjust as necessary.
  7. An alternative way is to measure the distance from the router blade to the edge of the router base (less the measurement of the spacer) and set your fence according to that measurement. If using this method, always measure from the widest part of the blade.
  8. IN ALL CASES, check that the router moves along the edge cleanly to avoid damaging your jig and to ensure a straight cut.
  9. Once your jig is set up for your router, place the jig on top of the material to be cut and line up the edge of the spacer with your cut line. It is advisable to clamp the jig in place (and your material if necessary).
  10. Finally, operate your router by using the fence as a guide. It is unnecessary to push hard against the fence. Let the router do all the work and simply guide it using the fence.