Free Woodworking Guides

How I make 10 step by step woodworking jigs

In our home carpentry workshop we can have many electric tools or hand tools, of poorer quality or of better quality, but if we want to get the most out of them we usually need to also use joinery guides. With these guides we can make straight cuts, precise cuts, mill with precision, cut and mill wood joints ... or manage to carry out various carpentry processes that would be difficult to do without the guides.

So, in the video of this post we are going to see 10 of the carpentry guides that I showed how to do in this blog and in my channel wood carpentry in Spanish. I also leave you below the links to the pages of this blog of carpentry in which I show how to make each of those guides. In each entry you can find the corresponding video in which I explain how to do the guide in question step by step.

Getting free or cheap carpentry guides may seem difficult, but with these I only spent what the materials cost me, and in many cases I was able to take advantage of the remains I already had in the workshop.


  1. Trolley for cutting and square with the table saw homemade.
  2. Guide to milling dowels on the milling table to make box and dowel joints. It also serves to cut on the table saw.
  3. Guide to cut wood circles with the table jigsaw.
  4. Woodworking Guide for make straight loop joints with the tabletop milling machine.
  5. Template for cut wooden slats with the disk saw. Perfect cuts at 90 degrees.
  6. Simple guide to cut boards at 90 degrees with the circular saw.
  7. Guide for cutting boards with the disc saw. (Coming soon. While you can watch the video here)
  8. Guide to milling tongue and groove with the milling machine hand.
  9. Guide to milling boxes to make box and dowel joints.
  10. Guide to milling dowels at the head of the slats. To make box and dowel joints together with the previous guide, so you can find both in the same entry in this carpentry blog.

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15 comments on "10 homemade carpentry guides explained step by step"

  1. I see in the workbench some perforations, I suppose that paa puts stops and / or the sergeants pass. Could you tell me the section and approximate separation of them? Thank you

    1. Enredando No Garaxe

      Hi. The diameter is that of the stops you are going to use. Something less than 2cm in my case. Do a test on a wood and check that they will go well before drilling the table. Make sure they line up with each other and with the holes in the table press. And you have to separate them enough so as not to weaken the tabletop. In my case the separation of the edge from one hole to the other is about 6cm across the table and about 9,5cm across the table. a greeting

  2. Hi. With your permission I am doing the support for the template to make dowels. In the exploded view I observe that, except for error on my part, the sides of the support stand are 24 cm and the width of the sides on which said plate rests 21 cm., Then, if I am not mistaken, the measurements of the sides are changed 21 by 24 cm. (24cm horizontal and 21cm vertical) For the rest, the cutting and narration are perfect. Thank you very much

    1. Enredando No Garaxe

      Yes, it seems that I was wrong to put the measurements. Although they don't make much difference. The most important thing is to make sure that when assembling the pieces the angles are perfect at 90 degrees. a greeting

  3. Hello, first congratulate you for everything you share on your channel.
    I want to ask you a question that may be simple, but I'm starting with carpentry and how the guide on the work table is made, that is, the straight cut that goes on the table parallel to the saw circular or milling machine, I have noticed that all the guides they show have a stick underneath that fits in this groove.
    Thanks from Santiago de Chile.

    1. Enredando No Garaxe

      Thank you very much Jesus 😀 I don't know what the question is exactly, but yes, they all have this ribbon that fits in the slot that runs parallel to the disk. The slat should fit into the slot without gaps so that it only moves back and forth. I sometimes put a little carpenter's wax or marseille soap on it to make it glide smoothly. Table saws usually have that slot. In my case I simply put two parallel boards leaving the exact slot in the middle. To do this, I made sure that when making the table saw, I put the saw blade perfectly parallel to the edge of the board. I think it was in my entry "Squaring carriage for 90º cuts with homemade table saw" where it looks like I made the slot. Greetings and encouragement with your carpentry projects

  4. Hi, entangling ... I give myself a lot of videos, I'm a beginner, and then I'll go buying tools ... I'm looking but I already want to put the videos into practice, I like the one in the trunk ... Thank you very much for passing on your knowledge Jaime from Chile ... if you can write down your wsap ... a hug

    1. Enredando No Garaxe

      Hi Jamie. Thank you very much. I was doing my workshop little by little, and I am delighted with the variety of projects that I can already do. Greetings 😀

  5. Impressively useful each and every one of these guides !!!!
    As well as the work you do in each video. A thousand thanks from the city of Morelia in the state of Michoacán, Mexico.

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