How to Use a Mortise Jig Safely

What You'll Need
Mortise Jig
Safety Goggles
Plunge Router

A mortise jig is a basic template for cutting holes and shapes into wood. But, as with all woodworking tools, there are safety rules to avoid injuries.

Step 1 - Safety Equipment

Buy goggles, gloves and a mask before beginning your project. There will be wood chips and dust coming from the wood so you need to protect your eyes and mouth. The gloves will protect you from splinters and can provide extra grip.

Step 2 - Attach the Mortise Jig to the Workbench

Clamp your mortise jig securely to your workbench using a vise or clamps. If the mortise jig is not attached properly to your work surface it could move and fall, causing you to ruin your cuts and potentially harm yourself or others.

Step 3 - Attach Your Wood

Attach your wood firmly to the jig using metal clamps. Again, if the wood you are cutting comes loose it could result in injury.

Step 4 - Select a Plunge Router

Choose the correct router for your project. It must be the right size and be sharp—dull or rusty router blades will not only prolong your work, but could also send unnecessary wood debris flying around your workshop.