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Old 07-17-2014, 10:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Celtic Knots - Post your Jigs, Successes and Failures

At the 2014 MAPG, Rick Crook gave a talk about making Celtic knot jigs. With Rick's help, our local penturners group made a number of these jigs at our last meeting. Thought this would be a good thread to post pictures of your jigs, successes and failures and give some of us who are new at this some tips. With my first experience, I learned attention to precision is key to success. Here's some photos of my jigs and my first attempt. We used 4 jigs for this - one to first square the blank (also used after each piece glued in to resquare) - one to make the diagonal cuts - one to size the inserts to the kerf thickness, and one for keeping the blank square when gluing. I also made another gluing jig a little different from the original.

There are probably as many ways to make these as there are CA finishes, so lets see your work!
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Nice set up thanks for sharing
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Whats the angle?
This jig is about 45, but you can really use almost any angle. Each will give a slightly different look.
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That clamping jig is a killer idea!
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I'm gonna steal that glue up jig idea like it's a kitless contest participant!
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one to size the inserts to the kerf thickness
I get everything except this one. Is it just to check that the insert is the correct thickness? Making inserts with a uniform thickness is the part I have the most issues with. I'm probably going to get a drum sander just to get the thickness perfect with no saw marks


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I also made another gluing jig a little different from the original.
Any chance you'd show us your gluing jig? The gluing jig is on my projects list, and just got bumped near the top. What I do works, but this is so much better.
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one to size the inserts to the kerf thickness
I get everything except this one. Is it just to check that the insert is the correct thickness? Making inserts with a uniform thickness is the part I have the most issues with. I'm probably going to get a drum sander just to get the thickness perfect with no saw marks


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I also made another gluing jig a little different from the original.
Any chance you'd show us your gluing jig? The gluing jig is on my projects list, and just got bumped near the top. What I do works, but this is so much better.
The kerf tester is just a thickness guide.

Both gluing jigs posted in original post. Pictures 4 & 5.
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I made a jig and posted a tutorial in the library. With the table saw you can use a 7-1/4" carbide circular saw blade. Mine has a kerf of about .075". You need to go slow when cutting or the blade will oscillate and make a wider kerf.

I am since working on a "version 2" to use with the bandsaw, but it isn't ready for prime time yet. I will have to make another one so I can get the paint scheme right!
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The kerf tester is just a thickness guide.
That's what I thought.


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Both gluing jigs posted in original post. Pictures 4 & 5.
Ok, I was so drawn to the 2nd one, I didn't give the 1st one much of a look.

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