- INCRA LAUNCHES
FREE PROJECT PLANS -
youve taken a look at our new Build-It
Systems page, youve noticed quite
a few free downloadable jig and
fixture plans. These plans make it easy for
the first time user of the Build It Systems
modular components to
quickly assemble some pretty important jigs
for the shop. From segmented ring jigs, to crosscut
jigs, coping sleds and more, these plans also
provide some interesting food for thought and
can be used to begin the groundwork for designing
your own custom fixtures for the cutting requirements
in your shop.
Build-It Systems modular components
take all of the frustration out of the process.
It Systems Panels are pre-drilled, countersunk
and counter bored to accept all of the necessary
components for just about any jig or fixture you
can imagine. INCRAs expandable Miter
Slider guide runners can be attached without
making a single mark or drilling any holes. Then,
It T-Slot Panel Connectors can be added to
permit easy expansion of the platform size and
to provide T-slots to make adding and adjusting
your jigs critical components like fences and
hold downs a snap. And, if one of your Build-It
System Jigs looses its usefulness in your shop,
you can reuse and reconfigure the components quickly
for your next jig design.
we all know the safety and efficiency benefits
of jigs and fixtures, it is all too often that
we put off building a jig simply because of the
time required to design and build the sliding
platform. Before the Build-It
System that meant beginning with a blank piece
of sheet stock carefully measured and marked for
a series of neatly aligned and properly placed
holes required to mount the guide runners. Then,
another set of holes for mounting the jig components
(fences, t-tracks, hold down fixtures), followed
by some anxious assembly and hopeful alignments,
which dont always work out just like you
planned. Before you know it youve spent
your entire day in the shop working on the jig
instead of your project.
personally enjoyed making and using each of the jigs
shown in the plans, some of which were assembled and
in use in less than 30 minutes. And for those of you
who have seen some of the small pieces I cut for my
puzzle boxes, I can assure you that jigs like these
are the ONLY way to safely and accurately reproduce
the results. Thanks to the Build It System, Im
looking forward to taking advantage of a little more
time in my shop to work on the projects that I enjoy
most. The free jig plans youll see included on
the Build-It Systems page are just the beginning
of a concerted effort at INCRA to provide a place for
you to gather more than product information. Lets
face it, were it not for woodworking projects, who would
need tools in the first place. So you can look forward
to even more new Build It System Jig Plans in the future
and beginning this week we have also added a NEW section
to our website devoted to Woodworking Project Plans.
Our first couple of plans provide a bit of a bonus,
in that each plan includes a beautifully designed project
AND plans for a Build-It System Jig. Each of these two
plans, submitted by Lloyd Johnson, revolves around
a decorative technique known as mitered lamination.
This technique produces some of the most striking visual
patterns I have seen in a woodworking project and is
really quite easy to add to a variety of project types.
In a nutshell, the technique revolves around crosscutting
a series of short pieces from a strip lamination with
the miter angle set to some number less than 90 degrees.
Every other one of the resulting pieces is then flipped
over and the parts are glued back together. This first
pattern is referred to as a first generation lamination.
The process can then be repeated with the resulting
glue up to create second or even third generation laminations
with ever more intricate patterns.
use of mitered laminations in woodworking
is a relatively new technique first introduced
in Clarence Rannefelds book, Laminated
Designs in Wood, published in 1998.
Mr. Rannefelds descriptions, while
very detailed, wonderfully illustrated and
quite accurate, included many mathematical
formulas to allow the craftsman to predict
the results of the amazing patterns that
could be created. He also included plans
for a fairly complex jig that looked like
it would have required several days to produce.
These formulas, along with the complicated
jig, scared away many who might otherwise
have tried the technique. What we needed
was a little interpretation, and this is
where Lloyd Johnson comes in.
created a computer software program called Lamination
PRO that provides an easy to use method
for designing and visualizing the infinite variety
of decorative patterns that can be created using
the mitered lamination technique. That means
NO MATH. I found the program quite intuitive
with a simple set of buttons to set the program
in motion. You can choose the wood types from
a drop down menu that includes everything from
the exotics like Bloodwood and Ebony to every
type of figured Maple.
The program lets you choose the angle and width
of the crosscuts as well as your blade kerf
and the graphics make it as much fun to create
the patterns on your screen as it is to create
them in your shop. You can learn more about
this exciting program at: www.woodturnerpro.com/software/lamPro.html
surely enjoy Lloyds Cutting
Board project. It allows 3 design
variations that all begin with the same strip
lamination. I particularly enjoyed Lloyds
simple Build-It System jig design that features
a unique incremental positioning
element for locating each of the crosscuts.
I think this project is
the perfect entry point for someone
wanting to learn more about this
technique. It uses very little stock,
insures a high level of success and is certainly
going to be a desirable item in your circle
Clock project takes the mitered lamination
technique to the next level by cutting the final lamination
into radial segments that are glued to form a circular
disc. The final decorative element details can be either
turned or cut using a circle-cutting jig at your band
saw. No doubt the timeless beauty of this
project will make the additional challenges worth it.
While you dont need Lloyds program to try
out the mitered lamination technique in building any
of the two projects on our project page, you can download
a free 30-day trial version and try it out for yourself.
Lloyds site also includes a variety of plans and
additional software for designing and visualizing segmented
turnings. You can visit his website at www.woodturnerpro.com.
If you or anyone you know has a jig or fixture design
that would be a candidate for the Build It System components
or if you have a unique project that features the use
of any of the Incra line of Precision Woodworking Tools
send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
and lets see if we can add your name to the list of
contributing craftsmen that are appearing in our Gallery,
Projects or Build
It System pages at www.INCRA.com.
us posted on your unique shop layout or any special
project you may be working on by dropping me an email:
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