View Full Version : Tagger- Pic's are fixed / darter setup

12-18-2005, 08:32 PM

1. Turning Darter to extact spec's (thickness) and mark the hook holes.

2. After the plug is sized it's placed into the jig that's placed onto the sliding chopsaw (*note I placed the tightest grain pointing to the bottom with the growth rings side to side) and make the cut.

3. Before removing the blank, I use my Handy Dandy centering bar to mark the center down from the center of the lip.

4. The next step is to drill the pilot holes.

5. Then I screw the plug (blank) into the L Jig and place the Back Angle pattern and mark the plug.

6. Then it's to the Bandsaw (your favorite) to rough cut the angle on the back.

7. Then it's over to the belt sander for the final shaping and smoothing.

8. Then it's back to the drill press to drill the final grommet holes. *note sst. flat bar on the end. That's to keep the blank 90* to the bit and keeps the blank from rolling as it's drilled.

Finished product. (almost)

12-18-2005, 08:42 PM
Now that is nice. That jig took some time! Guess I couldnt eye ball something like that

12-18-2005, 09:04 PM
That is the cats ass CS :kewl: :btu: :thanks:

are you thru drilling right down the cebter ? or off center a little high?

12-18-2005, 09:08 PM
awesome Steve. I do pretty much the same, except I do it all on the bandsaw (my favirote tool). thanks for the pics

12-18-2005, 09:11 PM
dead center..the biggest pain was to get the chopsaw blade at just the right depth... after that everything just fall's into place..

ps..txs for moving this...John

12-18-2005, 09:16 PM
Steve thats what I do different.. If you put the beak on your metal pattern you can do it all on the band saw .. don't need the finger cutter offer...

12-18-2005, 09:19 PM
I do part of the mouth cut on the table saw

12-18-2005, 09:21 PM
:jump: I love jigs and fixtures

12-18-2005, 09:23 PM
Thanks Steve.
I do bandsaw and belt sander.
You using maple???

12-18-2005, 10:02 PM
ahhh very very good :kewl:

gone fishin
12-18-2005, 10:37 PM
Awsome explantion CS. :btu:

12-18-2005, 10:51 PM
txs. guy's,,,,,,,,,I'm using top bunk beech:D stuff is pissa to work with.

12-18-2005, 11:21 PM
plug school

12-18-2005, 11:46 PM
Awesome pictorial!!! Thanks for the step by step...

Backbeach Jake
12-19-2005, 07:08 AM
Wow! I was doing EVERYTHING wrong! Except the tool and sawdust arrangement...Thanks, Very much appreciated.

12-19-2005, 07:11 AM
Nice factory.

12-19-2005, 08:46 AM
Great tutorial.

12-19-2005, 09:15 AM
Man, even his jigs are "pissa". Good stuff CS :kewl: Many thanks for sharing those tips.


12-19-2005, 09:18 AM
Nice read. When you through drill, do you drill the blank (prior to turning) or was that step overlooked (in this explaination)after turning?
I would not have thought of the sliding compound miter saw.....Thanks!

12-19-2005, 12:27 PM
everything is drilled after turning,,I really don't care for larger holes where the lathe center's go in the end's of the wood,,,give's the center's to much room to play in.....I only use a 3/8th's spur and a fine point cone on the other end.....all drilling is done on the lathe/center to center.......the ply u see in the jig's are scrap's from kit. cabnet's.. I save everything,,dumpster pickin is in my blood.

12-19-2005, 12:50 PM
If you use a steb center on both ends (revolving in tailstock) you can predrill. There is "NO" play at the centerpoint!

Yes, dumpster picking is a real blast. Back in the day we ran into a funeral home guy dumping coffin crates!! Well I grabbed one, took it home and knocked it apart. It was all #1 pine!! I called the funeral home and had all the crates delivered to my dad's barn. After a while you would think we were running a funeral home. We had crates stacked everywhere. It made very nice furniture stock.

12-19-2005, 02:00 PM
Here are the jigs I use to make the same darter. After turning I drill it the same way CS does. I use the drill holes as a guide to hold it square while I cut the slope on the bandsaw, clean up with a block plane, and then change jigs to hold the plug vertical as I run it through the tablesaw to cut the mouth. Works OK, but all my maple ones ended up splitting, much to my dismay.

12-19-2005, 02:02 PM
This is the tablesaw jig to cut the mouth.

12-19-2005, 04:54 PM
Great leson, I love a good jig.
The wifes not gonna like this one more stuff to spend time downstairs trying to build. I'm still trying to get the basic ones down.

12-19-2005, 06:28 PM
NS...that jig in the chopsaw is shaped the very same way on the other end thats not in the pic....never got to try it out as I found another way to tame the back cut with the bandsaw.

12-19-2005, 07:29 PM
cs i think you just saved me 6 months to 1 year of trial and screwups. actually probably a lot more. nice demo

12-19-2005, 07:33 PM
your welcome,,,only took me a year of off an on..of how the %*#$&% am I gonna do that :kewl:

12-19-2005, 08:31 PM
Thanks for the free course at CSU. :) :happy: