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A jig is a carrier for holding your workpiece as it is transported through the machine. Jigs can come in many different configurations, but we will cover some basics in this section.

Why Would I Use A Carving Jig?

A carving jig is used for many reasons, such as:

  • Board too thin to run through machine by itself
  • Board is too narrow to run through machine by itself
  • Irregular shaped board
  • Minimize board waste
  • Repeatable project

Jig Terms

  • Carrier Board – This is simply a board that is placed under the carving material to run along the belts and AccuTrack wheel.
  • Rails – These are side pieces that either add width, help hold carving material in place, or maintain roller support.
  • Spacers – Spacers can be used to help establish margins in some situations.
  • Stop Block – A stop block is something used to quickly locate an edge of a workpiece so that the operation can be performed quickly and repeatedly.

Examples of Jig Plans

A few jig examples are illustrated below.

Basic Universal Jig

This jig is versatile for many small projects. For this jig, when doing 1 sided projects, only the Length offset and Width offset 1 would need to be defined. For 2 sided projects, the Width Offset 2 would only need to be defined if the project board took up the entire space between the rails. 

Basic Stay Under Rollers Jig

This type of jig is common for projects that use blanks of the same size. For this jig only the Length offset needs to be defined.

Jig Construction Plans