Just Gotta Have Them

As I’ve moved from shop to shop over the years, throwing some stuff away and then rebuilding or re-buying those same things, I’ve come to the conclusion that certain widgets are super handy jigs. They’re important to my work process.

While I have many examples of “gotta-have-them” jigs, one stands out. It is a set of hardboard disks made perfectly round in various sizes — as small as 1-1/2″ in diameter up to as much as 24″ across. They just hang on the wall until I need them to lay out curves for rounding corners and creating complex shapes. These discs are so simple, and I use them all the time.

So my question to you is this: what is your “gotta-have-it” jig or fixture? Why is it important to your woodworking? I can’t wait to find out what they are!

Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

P.S.: You may not realize it, but you may have a critical piece of medical equipment in your workshop. The N95-rated masks that are in critical shortage at hospitals and clinics are the same masks many woodworkers stock in their shops as protection against fine dust particles. Please take a a look through your shop supplies and see if you’ve got any new N95-rated masks. If you do, donate them to a local hospital or clinic. It really could save a life.

An Easier Way to Change Your Dust Collector Bag

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Measuring Dust Collection Air Flow

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