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Now, so here we go on another topic: Jigs. According to Wikipedia, “A jig's primary purpose is to provide repeatability, accuracy and interchangeability in the manufacturing of products. A jig is often confused with a fixture; a fixture holds the work in a fixed location. A device that does both functions (holding the work and guiding a tool) is called a jig.” So long story short: A jig is something we use to make the work go faster, help us cut things all to the same length, sand things to the same shape, design things exactly the same way as the next thing, or even the one before. Jigs in a wood shop are priceless. PRICELESS!! They are especially important when doing large...

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We have a mill. We make logs into boards The End. Just kidding. Ok. Short history lesson: Throughout the ages, people have needed the ability to cut logs into boards.The earliest known mechanical mill was one in Rome, powered by water and dating back to the 3rd century AD. It soon spread across Europe through the 11th Century.   Until the 1800s, men would cut logs using a whipsaw. One man would stand on the log and the other man below him in a pit or under a support and they would work the saw back and forth, slowly cutting the log into boards.          When the Industrial Revolution hit in the 1800s, steam power allowed for...

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