Every woodworker at some point in their journey finds themselves making a jig. Either as a way of approaching a certain task, or as a way to a technique they value. But this is part of the journey as a woodworker, and for those who have traveled this road they know all to well the value of a good jig.
Recently I managed to accidentally break my tapering jig, this is a jig I have had for many years and it allowed me to create many different projects. But it certainly had things about it I wanted to change and wished that I had designed differently. So presented with the opportunity I created my second version of this jig addressing all of my concerns or what I felt were the short comings with it. The end result is a jig that I am very happy with and is much more suited to my needs and expectations.
Jigs in woodworking are valuable assets, allowing you to create joinery and beautiful inlay details or things less complexed liked a simple tapper in a leg for that table or chair you are building. Whatever the project at hand there is no denying the advantages of having a good jig in your shop as a means to address certain aspects of your building process, or how much of an intrical part they can be in your woodworking in general. In learning woodworking there are so many areas in which they can definitely help to increase your skills and abilities. Not having the ability to create something like a mortise and tenon joint should not limit the quality of what you build or create to butt joints and screws as your only option for construction. If a mortise and tenon is what you wish to create there are several options, from after market models you can purchase to plans that are readily available to build your own. Just don't ever limit yourself in a project for lack of ability to approach a certain joinery or technique, always remember a good jig is a great option and usually ends up becoming your best friend sharing many great achievements and projects in your woodworking.
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