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14 thoughts on “Multi Function Table Saw Jig: Flush Trim & Cut Small Pieces Safely”

  1. William I very recently discovered your website and instructional videos.
    First of all my deeply felt condolences for your loss of your mother.
    Regarding the auxiliary fence it looks like appx. 10″ high, but I am not sure. Secondly what is the purpose of the horizontal piece of wood on the inside of the box?
    Suggest you think of an array of templates for push stick devices. I am a pretty amateurish when it comes to woodworking, but I am trying to avoid reinventing the wheel and do it as safely as possible.
    Jesus E. Gonzalez

    1. It’s about that high. Could be as high as you need, say if you do a lot of panels. The horizontal piece is so you can use it as a storage area. – Push sticks, clamps, stop blocks, etc.

  2. Wondered if you could post some construction details on the multi function table saw jig. I can see there’s rabbits on the ends,are there dados for the inner shelf?

  3. Is it just my imagination or are you running your tablesaw at a lower speed than normal.

    1. Table saw is running at 3400 rpm I did not slow it down, maybe it’s the editing which I lower the volume when the table saw turns on.

    2. Do you use glue and screws to fasten the hardwood runners. I used some cherry that has vertical grain. When will there be a video about the 45 degree jig that goes with the cross cut sled. Thanks for the great videos. Terry

      1. Hi Terry,

        I don’t use glue as I find the screws are enough to hold the runners in place. Thanks.

  4. So sorry to hear about your loss,praying for you,lost my Dad recently, it is hard,thanks for the videos

  5. When I saw your video I noted that you had your multi-function table saw jig built not only so you can rotate it 180 and use both sides next to the blade, but also you can turn it over and then have two more sides next to the blade. I can envision using these “additional sides” for say, taller flush cuts or very small, shallow rabbets; however, I wondered, Mr. Ng, if you have purposes for the inverted use that have not occurred to me? Perhaps I am all wet, and there is some other reason for positioning the “bottom of the box” half way down the inside so that it looks the same irrespective of which side is “up”? Oh, and thank you for your wonderful and thoughtful videos. Though not a newbie and seventy-five years old, I have found them most informative, and since I am a PE (ME, EE, MBA), I have enjoyed your “engineering approach” to measurements with a good bit of glee! I had never seen any woodworker I know use a micrometer for much measuring. Apparently, you do so all the time, and as an old friend and fellow woodworker said to me when he watched the four cut method of setting the rip fence on the sled, he said, “Aim small, miss small!” As an old shooter as well, I got a kick out of his analogy, knowing it is true.
    In Memphis, TN. Thanks for all. Clay

  6. Recently made a fence jig similar to Dr. Ng’s. I only had ½” baltic birch plywood for the work, so I opted for a different approach, but basically the same design. Although the jig is “reversable” like Dr. Ng’s, I elected to use a second attaching piece to serve as both an “extra high” vertical fence and also a close clearance, zero clearance fence attachment. Clamped in the high position it makes a zero clearance jig for such things as cutting off finger and dovetail joints flush, and in the low position offers a full 18″ high vertical fence for end slicing really tall stock.

  7. William, I’m not new to woodworking but I’ve learned a great deal from your calm clear instructions amazing, thank you. Your attention to the details is very evident too a lesion all by itself.
    I have watched the box joint video several times and it’s great saved me time and really up the quality of the boxes. I just finished a box for my grandson who is entering the military this month.

  8. Hello William,
    I have just discovered your videos. They are the best I have seen. I admire your focus on precision and efficiency! My sympathies on your recent loss. Your mom was surely very proud of you. Keep up the great work.

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