I know there are a thousand plans for box joint jigs but most call for the
use of screwing a base to your miter gauge. Unfortunately, both of current
miter gauges don't have the holes to do that with. Additionally, I'd like
to make it adjustable and was thinking that could be done by making the key
very narrow and simply butting the already cut joints against the edge of
the narrow pin as opposed to a full size one to fit them over. Size could
be adjusted by moving the pin closer or away from the blade. If someone has
done anything similar, I'd like to have some input. Have a project coming
up and would like to start using box joints again.
If you're just looking to make good box joints, why not go with a set of
jigs for the router?
Easy enough for middle-schoolers to use, easily made, easily set up.
See the commercial one(s) at :
You could build a sled with it's own slot runner to make a
self-contained box joint jig. I've seen several plans for this type
over the years. Do a web search or check out old issues of shop notes
or similar magazines.
You would think so, but the gauge is not hollow on the bottom and it's solid
3/4" cast. I think it would be easier to either buy a new cheap one with
holes however, I've decided to go with the one from Shopnotes 62 or a
modified version of it. I also looked at Lynn's jig and while it looks
tempting, it seems that it would take forever to turn the crank all the way
through a board and then return it for the second pass.
You want the simplest box jig on the planet, IMHO?
Go to the library, get a copy of Fred Bingham's book, "Practical Yacht
Joinery", and read the parts of it you need.
In paper back, it's about $20, I wouldn't leave home without.
I recently posted some Boat Pics that showed Fred's 1/4" box joint jig being
used to make notched trowels to spread epoxy fairing compound.
S/A: Challenge, The Bullet Proof Boat, (Under Construction in the Southland)
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