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The Sunday 1/2 day session was dedicated to jigs used in furniture making. Thomas Bennett sm 3867started the day with several jigs he developed to produce a highly-durable four-legged stool. He had jigs for drilling the splayed seat holes, for drilling the various round mortises for the stool stretchers, and for routing the wedge slots on the top of each leg.

Eric Madsen, head of the Rio Grande Fine Woodworking Technology program, reviewed many jigs used by Rio in their program to train students in the use of such jigs to speed production in their own future businesses. He started with a fixture used to route the saddle shapes on stools the school produced for the nearby Bob Evans Farms corporate headquarters.

Eric also had jigs for drilling the seat leg holes and for drilling the mortises for the stretchers.sm 3876

Also shown was a jig for routing the beads and rabbets on muntins for period sash cabinet doors, and a guide jig for routing out the end-grain tops of leg blocks in chairs having slip seats.

Next, Eric showed a simple jig used as a stop guide when routing spice cabinet drawer divider stopped dadoes, and a jig used to prepare triangular cross-section blanks in a planer when producing cornice moldings for cabinetry.

In addition he showed a jig used for precision glue up of mitered candlebox sides.

Several jigs for construction of Chippendale side chairs were demonstrated including one for routing the side-view shapes on rear leg stiles, and another special tenoning jig for table-saw cutting of the compound-angle tenons on the rear of the side seat rails.sm 3874

He also showed jigs for tapering octagonal and hexagonal stool legs. As an extension of this concept he demonstrated long jigs for making pencil-post octagonal bed posts. He demonstrated these jigs to shape an actual walnut bed post, using a long jig on the table saw to taper the first four right-angle sides, and another jig used to run the tapered square blank through a shaper to cut the remaining four angled sides.

All the attendees wish to extend a hearty thank you to David Conley for his chapter leadership efforts, to Eric of Rio Grande for his meeting support, and to all the presenters for making this another interesting and informative chapter meeting.