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Mike Pekovich’s Go-To Work Holding Jigs

  • I 3rd tgello’s comments above! Thanks Mike for being such a great teacher!

  • unfortunately my vice is on the other end because of workshop layout, so do I,

    become a molly dooka,

    make new bench

    sell hand tools, rely on machinery,

    stick to turning only, sell everything



  • Great presentation of jigs that are pretty much indispensable. I would like to make make some suggestions, however, that I think might make a couple of the jigs more versatile. On the shooting boards, the bed on which the work rests needs be only at or slightly higher than the lower edge of the blade, or about 1/4″ above the bench or ramp of the shooting board, rather than the 1/2″ that appears here. This maximizes the width of the blade. Tempered hardboard or fin-ply is good for this; 1/4″ MDF is too soft and will wear quickly. In the same vein, the height of the stop should be the full width of the blade; while you may usually only do narrow pieces, this gives you the option of doing wider ones if you need to. If you find yourself doing a lot of thin pieces, it is often helpful to use a sloping ramp on the shooting board: this gives a slightly more shearing cut, but mainly extends the wear area on the blade from what ends up quickly being a notch to a slightly wider area, thus extending time between sharpenings. It’s also nice to chamfer the back edge of the stop as it chips out too.

  • Fantastic! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with the rest of us. There is no way to thank you for the fingers you just saved on the small parts jig, quick, easy, and fast. A lot of information in a well presented video. Thanks again.

  • Yes, terrific presentation. One aspect of my job is teaching people how to make presentations. You couldn’t have done it better. And I can use everyone one of the jigs. I’m headed to the shop now.

  • Thank you for a great lesson. Especially like the jig for cutting little pieces of wood. Glad you couldn’t see me doing it before I saw this jig.

  • Thanks for the tips Mike!

  • Thanks Mike, I also enjoy your way of teaching. I have enjoyed your video on handplanes it taught me a lot things I was not aware of. You do have a talent for keeping it simple, yet explaining it in a way that it does not seem technical when it is. I hope you will continue to create more video’s. Thanks again

  • Yes — superbly well-done: not a word wasted; always specific. Kudos — and thank you.

  • Great teacher. Not one ounce of fat in this video.

  • Thank you Mike for a fantastic demonstration of your jigs. You make it look so easy and with those jigs hopefully it will be.

  • I second tgello’s comment above. Thanks Mike!

  • This guy is a great teacher. His explanation is simplified for us newbies and without the pompous attitude. I listened to him on a recent podcast and it was enjoyable to sit and listen to him. Thanks Mike.

  • great video. super ideas/jigs. thank you!

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    Published at Wed, 02 Nov 2016 13:33:50 +0000

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