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Jig Headquarters Makes Modeling Easier

You can always go out and buy a solution to any problem and cutting precise angles whether you are working with sheet stock or strip woods can become one of those problems that can set you back half the price of a good kit to solve.

Remember thatUncle Remus “saw”, “It is what you do with what you got that pays off in the end.
A jig is any of several classes of tools used for woodworking, metalworking or plastic modeling and other crafts.

The main purpose of a jig iscontrolling location, motion or both for a tool and/or work piece. Some jigs are referred to as templates or guides.

Many jigs provide the user with a simple method of duplicating parts and how they are manipulated.

I marvel at the minds of some modelers who come up with a jig for almost any purpose. They surehave made my modeling efforts easier over the past 20-30 years.

Many times I have found a jig designed for a particular purpose to be adaptable to otherfunctions completely unrelated.

Jig Home

Hopefully, this will become a repository for jigs particularly useful to modelers.

The object is to collect as many as possible in a format that includes a photograph or two, adescription/purpose and directions on how to build it.

You can help me with this effort by emailing me with this info at:
scalemo(at)comcast(dot)net.Even if you only direct me to a web resource for these details, it will be helpful.

45-degree angle clamp thumbnail
Magnetic Hands Set Corners
45Maker MagneticAppeal
Applying Rafter Tails Is An Easy Process Mini Miter for accurate strip wood angles
RafterTails MiniMiter
Wrap a coil or two Latice work drill tests your dexterity
CoilMaker LaticePractice
Wrap a coil or two Latice work drill tests your dexterity
Drill Stand Piling Locator

Get The Right Tool For The Job

I have had many instances where I started a project and got into it to the point I was looking forward to the finish when I needed a tool I didn't have.

Most recently, it was a razor chisel to remove unwanted styrene from a ship model

I tried using a Dremel Tool with a variety of accessory tips and grinders. It took most of it off but  was impractical for working around  cast items I needed to keep.

My Dremel has worked well for me in the past and has saved me a lot of time in a variety of operations but this was an operation that needed more precision than my old standby tool could deliver.

I also tried an Exacto with a number 11 blade. This performed better but the fine control soon found small castings getting lopped off or damaged.

What I needed was a narrow, sharp chisel blade from my local hobby shop about 14 miles round trip for a $1.40 item.

That will cost $2 in gas and about an hour away from the workbench.

How much better would it be if I had planned this project and made sure I had the tools I would need before I got started.

Recently, I have become a avid online shopper partly to escape the cost of gasoline and also to take advantage of more economical pricing and a greater variety of products and businesses available right here at my desk.

Amazon is just one of my favorites. I have several resource books like Paul Stillwell's Battleship Arizona, railroad modeling books.

But now I turn to this giant shopping market for tools, and even models to build.

It is all right here on my desk...

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