Different Types of Wood Jigs

Most experienced woodworkers have different types of wood jigs they employ over and over again. Use of jigs can make the repetitive cutting out of the same shape an easier task. Jigs are inexpensive, but experienced woodworkers make their own. Templates are available to create jigs in your own shop.


These jigs are used for making dovetail joints, and a typical purchased template will allow you to make 12 different sizes. To make dovetail joints for cabinets, drawers and boxes you need to use a saw and router. A dovetail saw is used to cut the joint. These saws have very thin blades for accurate cutting.


This is a self-centering wood jig used for making dowels. Sizes are available from a 1/4 inch to a 1/2 inch. It is used to “trim” thick wood into the desired shape. Dowel jig kits are available with hundreds of choices.


A tapering jig is used to make a cut that gets progressively deeper. It is used primarily in creating table legs.


A staircase jig is used in the creation of stringers, which are the structural support elements for a stairway’s treads and risers.

Always use inexpensive or scrap wood to make your own jigs, since they may not be used for another project and are typically custom made for the task at hand.