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Jigs - Stair Construction And Woodworking

Jigs come in different shapes and sizes and can be used for a variety of different things. Woodworkers, Cabinet makers and Stair Builders usually have a few jigs at their disposal. There used to make certain parts of the job easier and can be reused, most of the time, on other projects.


Routered Out Stair Stringer Jig

Instead of using metal angle brackets to attach our stair treads to the stair stringers, we use to router out or notch out a groove on the side of a 4 x 12 stair stringer to create a slot for the stair treads to slip into, on each side of the stringer.

We would create a pattern or jig out if a piece of half-inch plywood that we would use with a router and a router guide. We would place the pattern on top of a construction standard 4 x 12 and then securely fastened it in place.

Then we would take a router with a Straight router bit along with a router guide, attached to our router and individually router out each slot for our stair treads. We could reuse the jig to create as many stair stringers as we wanted to, for that particular stairway.

Like I said earlier, woodworking jigs come in a variety of different shapes and sizes and serve multiple purposes. My father had plenty of them stored in our garage, when I was still a young stair boy.


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