Building dollhouses is one of my favourite woodworking projects. But I was never quite comfortable making the weatherboard siding on the table saw. The small, thin pieces that I needed to bevel rip for the siding blanks put my fingers too close to the spinning blade. To solve this problem, I designed this simple jig to use on my bandsaw.
Build it. The jig is simply two plywood sides with a couple of plywood filler strips glued to the inside face of each side. The opening created between the filler strips is sized to accommodate a rectangular blank that will yield two tapered weatherboard “strips” when ripped in half.
Use it. The set-up couldn’t be easier. Just tilt the bandsaw table to 5° and set the fence so the jig is positioned as shown in the inset photo above. Cut into the jig about 10mm and clamp the jig to the fence. Now feed the blanks through the jig. Use another blank as a push stick to move the workpiece through the jig.