5 Tablesaw Jigs from 1/2 Sheet of Plywood – WOOD magazine

5 Tablesaw Jigs from 1/2 Sheet of Plywood – WOOD magazine

Count ’em: 5 essential tablesaw jigs from a mere half-sheet of plywood. Jim Heavey shows you how to build and use five jigs that will make nearly any cut you can make on your tablesaw easier, more accurate, and repeatable.

00:45 – Saddle Fence
04:17 – Tenon Jig
06:43 – Crosscut Sled
12:18 – Ripping Sled
17:41 – Dado/Cutoff Gauge

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  1. Christopher Cook on May 29, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    I gotta get my old sears and roebucks craftsman table saw up and running. I gotta get it wired up and such.

  2. Anthony Audain on May 29, 2022 at 8:18 pm


  3. jay smith on May 29, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    *As an amateur with woodworker, I typically feel **woodplans.works** overpowered with the entire arrangement. Be that as it may, this arrangements drove me through with much clarity and effortlessness. I now work like a genius. That is great!*

  4. Kenneth Vogt on May 29, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    How do you make sure the ripping sled gives you a cut that is square?

  5. Stephen Rees on May 29, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Hey Jim, I have a old craftsman contractor saw. Adjusting this saw to cut a 45 degree bevel very difficult. Then afterwards to dial it back to an accurate 90 degree is equally difficult and very time consuming. In your collection of table saw jigs do you have or can you recommend a jig that I can use on the table top to achieve a 45 degree bevel without moving the saw blade? I really enjoy your instructional videos. Thanks In advance.

  6. Henry Rossouw on May 29, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Great jigs.Very well explained.I think I will build your taper jig Mine is a bit cumbersome.

  7. Art H. on May 29, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Excellent video ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  8. Heiko of all trades on May 29, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Cool jigs. I will modify some to fit to my fence. Thx for the inspirations.

  9. Carmonius Finsnickeri on May 29, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    For the ripping sled and many other applications, go for the dovetail clamps or rail clamps instead of those hold downs. Cheaper (clamps can be used in many different jigs and are quick to move), way quicker to adopt to different thicknesses, easier to slide than a bolt, no bending of the jig since the clamps takes the force, more wide spread force on the routed t-track compared to a bolt head.

  10. Christopher Cook on May 29, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    The area I live in in Arkansas I think doesnโ€™t have wood working shops and such. To reach out too for support and learning. Great video ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  11. tom beck on May 29, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    good job Jimbo !

  12. A H ESSAK on May 29, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Great video.

  13. Eric Rickert on May 29, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    I never once considered a sled stop. Going to make one! This is the most interesting takeaway from this video for me (it was all really done well!). Thanks!!

  14. Christopher Klapheke on May 29, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Very clear directions. I appreciate the details on all the drill sizes.

  15. Dan Collins on May 29, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Sorry…spoke too soon. ?The taper jig is great!

  16. Diana Simon on May 29, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Forestener. Sp.

  17. Mac Mac on May 29, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Never, ever wear jewelry in the shop. Never, ever.

  18. webadage on May 29, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    This video is A W E S O M E. I’ll be making all of these jigs for use in my shop. Thanks for the information. You’re the man!

  19. daniel green on May 29, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Great video! Can’t wait to make it. Do you have a full cut list / instructions that can be printed and brought to the workshop?

  20. Diana Simon on May 29, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Use forest enter bit first, then then smaller bit to make hole for threaded insert.

  21. Jess D on May 29, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Excellent!!! I learned a lot!!! Thanks, God bless you

  22. Jim Challender on May 29, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Excellent – will definitely use your jigs

  23. Adel Keryakos on May 29, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Awesome jigs, tutorial, and videography โค๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. Would the jigs work on a small, benchtop ( portable ) tablesaw ?

  24. Dan Collins on May 29, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Great video. Now, can you add a sixth jig for cutting tapers?

  25. Peter Cross on May 29, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Excellent, thank you for showing this

  26. Heino W. Pedersen on May 29, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    ehm…Now I am no expert – but if U use a similar runner from the crosscut sled – U have a zero clearence line for tappering jig then u dont need to register the saw blade ever again.

  27. Jan Dabrowski on May 29, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Iโ€™ve watched a dozen or more tablesaw jig videos. And just when I thought I had seen it all, I watched your video and learned a ton of techniques. I am giving my older tablesaw to a friend just starting outโ€ฆthis is the best video to recommend he watch, right out of the gate.

  28. Jarod Morris on May 29, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    The only part I didn’t like was bolting the block into the wing. I think there are other ways to get it in position without drilling into the table saw wing. Also, some people’s table saws don’t come with cast iron wings like that, but they have smaller sheet metal and that trick wouldn’t work.

  29. Zack Evans on May 29, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Being a baltic birch user myself, because I like it better than domestic plywood, Mr. Heavey’s use of 3/4" baltic for his very usable jigs is/was a very good choice. And… I subscribed in order to see what else he has to offer. Mr. Heavey is obviously a very experienced wood worker, who even those of us who are thought of as experienced can learn something new. Well done Mr. Heavey … thanx!

  30. Rob Wiencek on May 29, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Where do you all get your double sided tape. Iโ€™ve looked at both big box stores and all I can is a thicker foam tape. In all the videos I watched your tape looks to be the thickness of painters tape. Thanks in advance for your help.

  31. 25 bgd on May 29, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    Amazing. Thanks for wonderful ideas!

  32. J C on May 29, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    a little scary: https://youtu.be/qIuJ3JJjcc4?t=534 But then he is an old wood worker guy with all his fingers so what do I know.

  33. Robert Cornelius on May 29, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Nice, but he is assuming all fences are the same size. Don’t take his measurements and expect the outcome to fit your table saw.

  34. Diana Simon on May 29, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Oops. Forestener. (Auto correct is my worst enema)

  35. steve stewart on May 29, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Jim is the best

  36. talleyrand on May 29, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    one question if I may why are you working with timber and machines and wearing rings? a good way to loose a finger IF a ring should catch on timber YES know of this happening and as a apprentice and tradesman were always told to remove any rings while working , still do , only a matter of when

  37. fireworxz on May 29, 2022 at 9:03 pm


  38. Louie Suyu on May 29, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge very helpful

  39. Rosas Creative Works on May 29, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Excellent. I’ve started building jigs like this, but I need to step it up and build better quality jig. Nice project for the woodbe woodworker expanding their tool kit! ๐Ÿ˜

  40. Cad1900 on May 29, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Excellent…thank you ๐Ÿ™

  41. Angie Williams on May 29, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Great video. These are great jigs

  42. arifatiq on May 29, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Jim your ideas are great …

  43. Terry Colton on May 29, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Where are the layouts???

  44. E Caff on May 29, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Excellent…Thank you.

  45. Jake B on May 29, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Great information. I had almost given up on Wood Mag as the info had turned a bit stale. This video was extremely useful with just enough detail to keep it on track. Kudos to the producer. New sub.

  46. Jon Mcd on May 29, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Thanks for everything you guys have taught me over the years.

  47. shayne sabala on May 29, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    FYI, using wood to make a runner is a big no no. Wood expands and contracts. Spend a couple bucks for a different material, trust me, you need that to be a constant.

  48. Grabber10 on May 29, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    great video

  49. Harry Powers on May 29, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Thanks Jim; youโ€™re a great teacher!

  50. Rockabilly Raz on May 29, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    I particularly like the dado jig.