Table Saw Jigs and Fixtures

Woodworkers often use table saw jigs when they need to make cuts that are accurate and repeatable.

Many of these jigs are built right in the shop using leftover wood from other projects, which makes for a cheap alternative to expensive store bought versions.

Depending on the complexity, construction time can be a few minutes or several hours. But once it's made, a table saw jig can be used over and over again, so it's important to use quality materials in the construction of your jigs.

Jig material and hardware

Some materials are better than others for making jigs. The best materials are flat, stable and hold screws well. Another positive property is the material's ability to slide across the table with as little friction as possible.

Jig hardware

Prefered materials are plywood, MDF (medium density fiberboard), hardwoods, baltic birch and UHMW (ultra high molecular weight) polyethylene.

Your table saw jigs won't be complete without some hardware and there's no shortage of parts available to add more functionality. T track, miter slot extrusions, toggle clamps, hinges and knobs can all be used to make your fixture more useful.

Table saw jigs...

Easy to set box joint jig

Box joint jig

No doubt you've seen similar versions of this box joint jig in your travels around the internet. It's pretty easy to construct, but many woodworkers have a hard time getting it to work properly without fiddling with it for hours at a time. Some never get it to work at all, and just give up in frustration.

To make this style of jig easy to set, I've added a pair of hardwood dowels, one on the back fence and one attached to the main fence. This allows me to use a micrometer or digital calipers to measure how much I'm actually moving the main fence when setting the finger spacing or making minute adjustments. Read more...

Magnetic table saw stop block

How to make a magnetic table saw stop block

I'm always on the lookout for simple woodworking projects that make the time I spend in the workshop more productive and just plain easier.

With this simple magnetic stop block, there's no need to fiddle with clamps or bolts, just stick it on the table surface and start cutting. Read more...

Double-ended hardwood featherboard

How to make a featherboard

The featherboard is probably one of the easiest, and one of the most useful woodworking jigs you can make. It allows you to rip narrow stock safely and accurately.

This featherboard makes good use of the material by cutting fingers on both ends of the board. And because it's secured to the table with two clamping points, you can be sure it will stay where it's put. Read more...

Table saw crosscut sled

Make a crosscut sled.

If you cut a lot of stock at 90 degrees to the blade, you might want to make this dedicated crosscut sled. It's far more accurate than using a miter guage, especially when cutting panels and longer boards.

It's also easy to build. And you can add a few conveniences like an adjustable stop block for shorter pieces or toggle clamps for holding your workpiece to the sled. And when you're finished using it, simply take it off the saw and hang it on the wall, out of the way. Read more...

Dado jig attachment for the crosscut sled

Dado jig for the crosscut sled.

This dado jig attachment will turn your crosscut sled into a dado sled, allowing you to safely cut dados across longer boards like those on bookshelf sides with your table saw.

If you're like me and prefer to use a stacked dado rather than a router for cutting dados and rabbets, you'll love this useful accessory for the crosscut sled. Read more...

Table saw jointing jig

Table saw jointing jig.

This easy to build table saw jointing jig makes it easy to rip a straight edge on stock that is warped or bowed. Without that one straight edge, it's almost impossible to dimension your stock accurately on the table saw.

If you've ever tried cutting a straight edge on a bowed board with the table saw, and you don't have a jointer, this will quickly become one of your most valuable table saw jigs. Read more...

Sacrificial fence

Cutting a rabbet with a sacrificial fence.

I normally use a sacrificial fence when I cut rabbets with my dado stack. There are a couple of good reasons for this.

The dado stack can be recessed into the fence, which makes it easy to cut different width rabbets without always having to readjust the width of the dado head. Read more...