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JessEm Clear-Cut Precision Stock Guides

I have a Hammer K3 short stroke slider. This is set up so that it is possible to rip on the slider wagon. In this format, the quality of the rip cut is fantastic. However, there is a limit to the width on a board here, and so ripping against a rip fence is also needed.

I added a JessEm Guide to the rip fence …





What this does is not only act to hold the work piece down (narrow boards against the K3 rip fence can lift, causing a rough cut), so preventing any kick back, but it also forces the work against the fence (using wheels which turn inward), and this prevents any unwanted movement. The result is a much cleaner cut than otherwise possible.



Fitting a JessEm to the K3 rip fence



The Hammer K3 has a rip fence that does not take jigs owing to its unique shape. The JessEm is designed for a standard Biesemeyer-type fence. I needed to build a solution.

Even a basic feather board was an issue …





This is the fitting for the JessEm on the rip fence …










On the Router Table as well ..



The JessEm worked so well that I purchased the version for the router table as well (luckily both time they were on sale). The router table fence is shopmade ...



Incidentally, with regard to feather boards on router tables, you may notice that my table does not have a mitre slot. Instead, I subsequently (after the above photo was taken) simply drilled two holes for a feather board (when the workpiece is too tall for the JessEm) …










Regards from Perth

Derek



March 2022