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#2113885 - 07/06/13 06:17 PM Looking for keytop jigs
Dennis Kelvie Offline
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Registered: 12/17/07
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I have a good notch cutter, and I have a router table jig to trim the edges, but have not found any other EASY way than with my miter saw to trim the tops of the sticks. The Jig I made for that is pretty simple, a modification of Joe Goss' jig (see mothergoose.com).

But I am looking for a new method that cuts the top of the keystick SQUARE instead of the angle that the miter saw cuts it. I thought I saw one, but the planer bit for the router is no longer produced.

Any ideas? Pictures?
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#2113983 - 07/06/13 10:06 PM Re: Looking for keytop jigs [Re: Dennis Kelvie]
Gene Nelson Offline
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Take a look at the Wagner Safety Planer.
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#2113990 - 07/06/13 10:20 PM Re: Looking for keytop jigs [Re: Dennis Kelvie]
David Jenson Offline
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There was a post here a while back showing a jig that used a router. 'Looked intriguing.

I know there are people who like the Wagner Safety Planer. I shied away from it, and I'm not the only one Safety Planer Accident Have you investigated truing up your Miter saw?
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#2114003 - 07/06/13 10:55 PM Re: Looking for keytop jigs [Re: Dennis Kelvie]
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I use a jig on my Shopsmith which uses the disk sander to sand the tops flat.
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#2114094 - 07/07/13 07:41 AM Re: Looking for keytop jigs [Re: Dennis Kelvie]
Chris Storch Offline
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Registered: 08/13/09
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This is how I set up my Wagner planer for reducing key height in preparation for new keytops...

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/10159...730368241784882

Hope this helps,
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#2114153 - 07/07/13 11:02 AM Re: Looking for keytop jigs [Re: Dennis Kelvie]
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One of the most versatile machines I bought is the milling machine.

It works great for precision cutting keys, drilling pin-blocks, making tools and jigs.



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#2114182 - 07/07/13 12:32 PM Re: Looking for keytop jigs [Re: Dennis Kelvie]
Olek Offline
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Loc: France
What is milling? Surfacing?
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#2114237 - 07/07/13 02:40 PM Re: Looking for keytop jigs [Re: Dennis Kelvie]
wayne walker Offline
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Dennis I sent you a email with photos for the router jig I use.
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#2114272 - 07/07/13 03:41 PM Re: Looking for keytop jigs [Re: Dennis Kelvie]
Gene Nelson Offline
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I have not done a set for a while - Yvonne Ashmore is so close, the price is competitive with my labor.
I do remember that I did not make the assumption that the bottom of the key-sticks are reliable guides for machining the tops.
The Safety Planer on a drill press is not as nice of a setup as a mill, that is for certain.
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#2114471 - 07/08/13 02:35 AM Re: Looking for keytop jigs [Re: Dennis Kelvie]
Rod Verhnjak Offline
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I square up the cuts with a chisel.


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