I've been suckered into a project where I'm going to need to cut box joints and
I'm looking for a jig. I've noted a number of them on the web but I'm looking
for suggestions on what will give me the most bang for the buck. Ideas?
Ditto Lynn's jig. I built an oversize one and the design still works well.
There are others that involve making a small sled with a pin but in my view,
they are not very
flexible in terms of varying the finger size. If this is the only piece
you'll ever use box joints on, then
it might make sense. Lynn's jig allows you to make whatever size fingers
In the pdf file at this site, he says don't worry about it being square to
the table, that will buck out.
Can someone please explain what he means by "buck out"? Does this mean even
if the jig is not perfectly square to the blade, the angles of the cuts will
compensate when the joint is assembled and it will still be tight? And if
so, I'm wondering if this is true only if you're stacking all the pieces to
cut them at the same time?
If you have a dado head for the table saw this is a very easy jig to make.
Depending on the size of stock you're going to be using you can also make a
nice jig for the router. So a google search man theres plenty of variations
for making a box joint jig out there.
I watched the video of this jig in use. Looks like it would be a pain to
use. Very slow. The demonstrator (Mark of Mark's Woodshop) even says
something like "it's kinda slow and tedious." Turning that knob several
time for every cut isn't my cup of tea.
Best Regards, Phil
Living In The Woods Of Beautiful Bonney Lake Washington
The "fence" is the key in your miter jig, the bit your blade. You butt the
fence to make the first groove, then straddle for subsequent. For the
opposite piece, you run a pusher board through against the fence, then use
the distance established by the groove to reference the first cutout. I've
had good success with middle school kids on this setup. Wouldn't let 'em
near the tablesaw.
If you've not seen the router guys, and have a desire, I can e-mail you some
demo pics I did a year or so ago for another guy, or perhaps put 'em up on
my personal page.
Let me know.
in message wrote:
Like others have said, make one. Plans abound. Try it. You'll like it.
They're a little ugly to my eye, but *strong* and easy.
Plan to cut your pieces just a bit oversized and cut the fingers just a bit
too long. That way you can plane off all the glue you missed wiping up at
the same time you make the ends of the fingers smooth as a baby's butt.
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