Milling canoe strips

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Here is a jig for milling the edges of 1/4 inch by 3/4 inch twelve foot wooden strips with a half-round bead and a half-round cove.  It is made from two twelve foot pieces of MDF a half-inch thick.  There is a quarter-inch strip in between acting as the fence.  The two pieces of MDF are screwed together through the fence; all the screws in line to act as a hinge.  The bottom board is screwed to the bench.  The strip to be milled (one piece of yellow pine is on edge on top of the jig) is inserted in the front, snugged up tight to the fence, and a wedge is inserted in back between the boards to clamp the strip in place.  A router with a beading bit and a guide insert rides along the top against the edge.

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The piece in position.

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The strip routed.

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