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Old 04-23-2010, 05:42 PM   #811
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supprised you did'nt use a jig on a jigsaw
There's a good reason I didn't. Several, in fact.

Firstly, the wood is hemlock, and it isn't very dry yet. When it was being cut on the mill, it was a real bear to cut. So I knew it would be even worse to cut 1 1/2" thick wet hemlock with the jigsaw.

I use an excellent Bosch jigsaw with all the bells and whistles, but even so, this stuff is miserable to cut.

When you try to cut a curve with a jigsaw in this sort of wood, the bottom of the blade has a tendency to wander outward. You can partly avoid this by physically pushing outward as you cut. This aids in keeping the blade straight.

Even with all that, I wanted the curves to be identical, so that when the covering boards - siding if you will - was nailed on, everything would be in the same plane.

And technically, you wouldn't need a jig with a jigsaw, as they are made to cut around curves easily. Unless, of course, you were just kidding...

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Old 04-23-2010, 05:45 PM   #812
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I have used a jig with a jigsaw to cut multiple radius in the field, a little coarse but some sanding brought it in line
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Old 04-23-2010, 05:50 PM   #813
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Now that you mention it, I recall doing something like that when we had to make a series of round forms using 3/4" plywood. It was easier to make a jig than it was to continually draw half circles all day long. We were doing bases for light standards in a mall parking lot.

More pics shortly...I did get some stuff done today before the rain hit.
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I forgot to take a shot of the router jig before. Here it is screwed to the table top, and a close up of where I bolted it to the edge guide.

If you need to make small adjustments, the edge guide itself has several inches of travel you can make use of.
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First thing this morning I had to put some dadoes on the boards for the screen.


As soon as that was out of the way, I finished up on the backing boards for the screen, and added a batten as a guide for the line of the screen itself.

I really must do something about that delightful aluminum staircase!
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At this point I had just treated all the 2 x 4's. This shot from the roof showed that I had missed the top two. Done now.
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And now the main purpose that all this backing was done for...the screen itself.

Here are the first few boards run wild.
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Using the batten as a guide, and the Japanese saw, the boards are trimmed.
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This is the first section fully covered.

Looks like it is going to take a lot of boards to cover the whole thing.
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Got about 3/4 the way through the second section when we had a very light shower.
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The shape shows up better when you look at it like this.
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And now the main purpose that all this backing was done for...the screen itself.

Here are the first few boards run wild.
Ah, I get it now! What a great design...
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The shower only lasted a few minutes, then stopped.

I got to 2 1/2 sections, and then it decided to get serious and rain.
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Last two pics for the day. I hear the forecast isn't much good until at least Monday. Inside work coming up, I guess.
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Ah, I get it now! What a great design...
Thank you very much.

You know what they say...a picture is worth 1,000 words.

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