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Australian Woodsmith 14th January 2021
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Bandsaw Siding Jig

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.

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SAFETY IN THE WORKSHOP Safety devices, such as riving knives, guards on table saws and guards over router bits have been deliberately left out of the line drawings in Australian Woodsmith projects in order to make them easier to follow. It goes without saying that where safety devices have been supplied by the manufacturers you should use them. We encourage the use of push sticks as good work practice.
    Exercise vigilance and the greatest of care when using power tools, whether stationary or portable. Keep all your tools sharp and well maintained. Wear protective eyewear, a dust mask and a hearing protector when appropriate. By limiting distractions and developing safe work practices you will go a long way to avoiding workshop accidents. So, work safe fellow woodworkers.  -Editor
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