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Simple Jig Helps Make Cuts for Redwood Planters

Magazine article Sunset

Simple Jig Helps Make Cuts for Redwood Planters

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Simple jig helps make cuts for redwood planters

To make identical angled cuts with a circular saw, build this simple jig out of scrap lumber and plywood or particle board. Use it to build the 12-sided planters shown on our cover and oh page 94, or for any project requiring repeated cuts on wood no thicker than a 2-by-2.

The jig's top guide pivots easily, letting you make crosscuts up to 90[deg].

You need a 4-foot-square piece of 1/2- or 3/4-inch particle board or plywood, about 8 feet of 2-by-2, and a 4-foot length of 1/8- or 1/4-inch wood trim or plywood.

Start by making the guide for your saw. Cut a 1-foot-wide section off one side of the particle board; center, glue, and tack the wood trim parallel to this piece's long sides. Butt the saw's base (or "shoe") against the trim and cut off the particle board tbat extends beyond the saw blade. Set the guide aside.

Use the remaining 3- by 4-foot piece of particle board for the jig's base. About 6 inches from one long side, glue then nail at each end two pieces of 4-foot-long 2-by-2, parallel to the side and spaced 9 inches apart. …

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