A Jig For Making Thin Strips

We build custom furniture here at The Woodshop (publishers of this blog), and one of the latest pieces we built required several thin strips of walnut and white oak to be used as a compound glue-up. The goal was to give the appearance of an inlay. The traditional safe way to run very thin strips (these are a hair over 1/8″ wide) would be to slice them off the edge of a board and then move the fence and do it again, and again. The problem with that is the strips are never exactly the same, as moving and resetting the fence each time is a fairly arbitrary task. So, we decided to register off the left edge of the board rather than relying on the fence at the right edge. The jig sits in the left-hand miter gauge slot and its right-hand edge acts as a stop. It’s adjustable, for making different width strips. After slicing off a strip, simply snug the left edge of the board against the jig, move the fence over to its right edge, and cut the next slice.

(Remove the jig when making cuts. It only needs to be in place during set-up. It’s shown here in place during a cut just for illustration purposes.)