How to Make a Straight-Cut Table Saw Jig

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(Inside: I have a terrible time cutting anything straight–and I got a bunch of hardwood with live edges. So, I figured out How to Make a Straight-Cut Table Saw Jig to solve it!)

I’m not the best in the workshop–which is obvious when I try to make anything. So, please, no judging.

But the thing is, one of the important things that can help you make some of the best projects is a straight edge.

And that’s one of the things I’m not really all that good at.

After my dad gave me a load of beautiful hardwoods that all had live edges (or just messed-up edges), I knew I had to come up with some way to make this work, though.

So, I figured out How to Make a Straight-Cut Table Saw Jig that will allow me to make one edge of my wood straight–and then I can trim all the others on the chop saw or using my table saw’s fence.

I love it.

I have a terrible time cutting anything straight--and I got a bunch of hardwood with live edges. So, I figured out How to Make a Straight-Cut Table Saw Jig to solve it! #nerdymammablog #diy #howto

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What You Need to Make a Straight-Cut Table Saw Jig

  • 1 12×24 piece of something with a straight edge (I used a pice of melamine I had left over from a different project, but you could use wood, plywood, acrylic, or anything)
  • 1 piece of something to go on top of that (I used a piece of OSB leftover from putting walls in my workshop)
  • 3 pieces of equally thick scraps (I used cutoffs from a 2×4 that I had from another project)
  • 3 Screws that are less thick than the base piece, the top piece and the scraps added together but long enough to get into the base piece
  • Drill and Screwdriver
  • Piece of wood you’d like to have a straight-edge

I have a terrible time cutting anything straight--and I got a bunch of hardwood with live edges. So, I figured out How to Make a Straight-Cut Table Saw Jig to solve it! #nerdymammablog #diy #howto

How to Make a Straight-Cut Table Saw Jig

  1. Place the three scraps of equal thickness along the edge of the base that you plan to use against the fence of the table saw.
  2. Place the top on top of the scrap pieces.
  3. Pre drill a hole in each scrap piece through the top and into the base.
  4. Start the screws in the holes, but don’t tighten them
  5. Slide the piece of wood you’d like to have a straight edge between the base and the top, with the edge you’d like to straighten hanging off the edge so the table saw can cut it.
  6. Tighten the screws in order to wedge the piece of wood you plan to straighten between the top and base. Make sure it’s very snug and will not shift.
  7. Place straight edge of your sled against the fence and cut a straight edge!

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I have a terrible time cutting anything straight--and I got a bunch of hardwood with live edges. So, I figured out How to Make a Straight-Cut Table Saw Jig to solve it! #nerdymammablog #diy #howto

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