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Thread: Finish For Jigs

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2008

    Finish For Jigs

    I made a circle cutting jig for my new bandsaw and I'm wondering what type of finish to put on it.

    Poly or maybe BLO and wax?
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  2. #2
    Nothing is my preferred finish for jigs as it adds no functionality.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    NW Indiana
    If I want to finish a jig, I typically use Shellac . It dries very quick.

  4. #4
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    Apr 2017
    Bucks County, PA
    I generally use nothing on jigs, or a coat of paste wax if I need it to slide easier.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Exeter, CA
    i polly everything........its my go to finish. Obviously I'm not a purist..... Randy

  6. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Frank View Post
    If I want to finish a jig, I typically use Shellac . It dries very quick.
    +1. Same here.
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  7. #7
    I use wax.

  8. #8
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    Jan 2010
    Tampa Bay, FL
    Shellac, but usually nothing.
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    So Cal
    If I make a fixture or jig that I believe is worth using sometime in the near future. I will use up whatever finish I have leftover in the bottom of a can or jar. Even if it has a hard layer on top .
    I have found the bigger fixtures are less likely to survive. Things get too warped plus I’m always hip on trying new ideas.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    SE PA - Central Bucks County
    If I finish at all, it's either BLO or shellac or maybe the water borne top coat I typically use if I just happen to also be spraying in the same time frame. Most jigs are just plain naked.

    The most expensive tool is the one you buy "cheaply" and often...

  11. #11
    Shellac, if not on the whole jig, then just on the area where I label it with a sharpie. Otherwise the sharpie bleeds.
    Jigs not labeled and dated have a way of masquerading as scrap in my shop.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Griswold Connecticut
    I wax them if I need them to slide or rotate.
    The rare times I've "finished" one was with whatever I had in a can. Usually Arm-R-Seal, or Seal-A-Cell. Only because they are almost always in the shop on the shelf.
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  13. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin Santos View Post
    Jigs not labeled and dated have a way of masquerading as scrap in my shop.
    So that's what they're doing. Good to know it's not my mind slipping.

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