Category Archives: Jigs and Fixtures

Jigs and fixtures used by Gary Weeks & Company

National Pi Day

This morning, I heard a piece on the radio about National Pi Day featuring a mathematicians speaking of pi and its utility. He said there could be no technological sophistication without calculations involving pi: no automobiles, no space flight. I … Continue reading

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Designing an Upholstered Dining Chair, Part One

The last addition to our catalog of dining furniture was the Heflin Barstool.  We developed it in response to requests for a barstool with a back — designed and built to our standards of comfort, style, and durability.  It has … Continue reading

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The Tenoning Jig

(see the Otwell Side Table post of March 25, 2011) We use a Delta Tenoning Jig to cut the cheeks on most of our tenons.  This tool from the 1980’s is well-made, stable, safe, and easy to precisely adjust.  I … Continue reading

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Bent Laminated Braces

To accompany our rockers, we make a footstool that is 15″ high, right for use with the chairs.   The seats of the footstools are cut from 2″ thick stock, tenons are turned on the round legs, and the tenons are … Continue reading

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The Tapered Sliding Dovetail

. . . is the most finicky, persnickety, frustrating, and aggravating way I know to join a case.  It requires precision, patience, and painstaking beyond anything else we do.  We do it because the display of exacting craftsmanship and the … Continue reading

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Mortising Seats for Splats

We cut the mortises in our chair seats with a plunge router.  We use a guide bushing fastened to the router and a fixture clamped to each seat in turn.  The splats have no shoulder; we have to precisely fit … Continue reading

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Laminating an Elliptical Curved Apron

Making curved aprons, we saw strips on the tablesaw, 5/32” thick by 3” high.  We true the thickness and smooth the surface of these strips on the widebelt sander, finishing at 1/8” thick.  We bolted the form  (described in the … Continue reading

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