|| table saw,
cut crown molding on a table saw,
drill accurate holes in the slats for
our cross-brace chair (see page 10),
and resaw a 7"-wide piece of wenge
on the bandsaw. I was amazed at
how little time I needed to make
the above setups. And the setup
for cutting the crown on the table
saw provided the needed safety for
this somewhat intimidating cut.
By simply locating jigs and locking
them in place with a turn of the
wrists, I was ready to go. Trying to
clamp such jigs to the underside
of a steel tool table can be trying
at best, while forever seeking the
BEST APPLICATIONS: Not knowing
what to do
with the MagJigs is likely the
biggest challenge manufacturer
Magswitch has in selling the items.
Consequently, the company spent
this past year developing jigs that
are well suited for the MagJigs.
We borrowed them to give you
four practical shop applications.
Complete with dimensions, they’re
yours for the taking.
JIG 1: THE THIN-STOCK
This clever jig is made from one piece of solid wood and consists of four
graduated steps for holding down
1/8" -, 1/4"-, 3/8"-, and 1/2"-thick stock.
JIG 2: COVE MOLDING AND
DADO GUIDE SYSTEM
Employing a pair of stock-containing
scrapwood guides, this jig includes
two MagJigs in each opposing guide
strip, as well as a T-track, and a
Magswitch vertical featherboard
JIG 3: BANDSAW RESAW JIG
Consisting of just two pieces of
scrapwood, this screwed together jig
locks in place at the desired distance
from the blade, allowing for an even
cut from top to bottom.
JIG 4: UNIVERSAL FENCE
Shown here in a drilling operation,
this right-angle jig, held together
with pocket screws, makes quick
work of any number of fencedependent
Though I’m not crazy about the
price, I am a little nutty over the
possibilities for using MagJigs. A
good place to start is to own just
two and make a bunch of jigs that
they fi t into. The holding power
is impressive. I asked Magswitch if they would supply a free pair to
the reader who submitted the best
original workshop application, and
they seemed quite agreeable.
your idea to our “Tips and Tricks”
address on page 21 and we’ll make
sure Magswitch gets it. We’ll also
publish the best idea in the magazine
and award the originator a $100
Woodcraft gift card.