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The jig can be made to suit the length of car­riages that you’ll be work­ing on, al­though ex­act dimensions are a mat­ter of per­sonal pref­er­ence. Here, a length of ‘bull­nose’ tim­ber mould­ing has been em­ployed. Align the part care­fully, mak­ing use of the win­dow aper­tures for the clamp’s screws to dis­trib­ute the pres­sure evenly. Cut and fix a length of plas­tic or metal strip to act as a lo­cat­ing fence for sub­se­quent sides. Tighten the clamp and, with a long steel rule, ex­ert firm, even pres­sure over the whole length of the brass side, press­ing it against the shaped tim­ber. Re­move the side from the clamp and check the pro­file against the car­riage ends. Re-clamp and re-shape if nec­es­sary un­til a close match is achieved.

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