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Here is the list of materials (all can be purchased from Lowe's, I have included the item number for the materials to use at Lowe's):
- (1) 3/8 x 6 x 24 Select Pine Craft Board | Item #: 50237 ($3.09)
- (1) 3/8 x 4 x 24 Select Pine Craft Board | Item #: 50234 ($2.18)
- (2) 3/8 x 2 x 24 Select Pine Craft Board | Item #: 50226 ($2.56)
- (1) The Hillman Group Brass Plated Safety Cup Hook 7/8" | Item #: 330639 ($1.18)
- (1) Elmer's 4 Oz. Carpenter's Wood Glue | Item #: 41148 ($1.98)
- (1) IDEAL 3/8" Cable Clamp 15 pack | Item #: 48294 ($1.58)
- (2) Fender Washers ($0.20)
- (1) 1/4-20 x 1 Bolt ($0.15)
- (1) 1/4 Wing Nut (?)
- (6) ¾” screws to temporarily secure the boards in place while cutting the rails
- Invisible Tape (glue could be used)
- Download the Adobe Acrobat Version of This Tutorial
- Download Plans for this project (right-click the image and select "Save Image As...")
- Printable Ruler
To mark the slot, start at the top edge and measure down 3-4" and mark that point, then measure up 1-2" from the bottom and mark that point. Use a straight edge to join the two marks and that will be your slot.
PREPARING THE CUTS
This part is very important, if your are using the same size boards as I used, then you will notice that a 6" wide board isn't a full 6 inches, I have taken this into account when I designed the plans for this image. But if you are just going to cut out the pieces from scrap or other size boards you will need to estimate for yourself, for example, the rails are approximately 1" wide, the ruler guide would need to be 6" wide and then the other boards should be cut to the length specified in the plans.
CUTTING AND PLACING THE RAILS
- Glue the backside of the top board (the two inch piece), and then place it on the bottom board.
- Place the slider board (the four inch piece) on the bottom board. Glue the top of the slider board and place the ruler guide board (the one inch piece) on top of the slider board (this board should be even on both sides with the bottom board).
- Measure to find the center of the slider board and then drill a hole wide enough for your bolt to pass through.
- Place the paper ruler on the left side of the rails; make sure the start of the ruler is even with the bottom edge of the top board (the two inch piece). Then secure the ruler in place using invisible tape, I made sure to cover the entire paper surface of the ruler so that it won’t hang on the ruler guide and it will be easier to clean should it get dirty. Remove the excess ruler with an Xacto knife or razor blade.
- Measure the width of the top board (the two inch piece). Mark three spots (try to center the marks) for your buckles and hook (I placed the hook in the middle spot on mine).
- Remember your measurements you made on the top board and transfer the marks to the ruler guide on the slider board and then screw down the cable clamps and hook. Since there is limited space for attachments, you should pick the buckle sizes that you use most often.
THE FINISHED JIG
USING THE JIG