I’m all for those of you who make your own jigs, clamps, tools, etc. I’m always impressed to see how you made a tool for yourself that makes your work easier and more enjoyable. In fact, I just bought a couple of 2x4s in order to make a set of clamps.
That being said, sometimes it’s just easier to just buy it. I’ve attempted several times to make a usefull feather board for my table saw. All without much success. The other day I was in the store and saw a featherboard that fits in both 5/8 and 3/4 inch miter tracks.
I figured for the price (less than $20) it was worth it. With the time I spend trying to make one that works right, I would have well over an hour into it and if I count labor, it is much cheaper to just buy. Also, is safety equipment something we should really skimp on?
I’m still going to make jigs and tools, I do enjoy the challenge, but for somethings like a cheap feather board it’s just not worth the hassle.
What are jigs you feel are worth buying instead of making, and vice versa?