Somewhere between. I originally wanted to make lap joints larger than
the KM-1 (I have one on order) can handle, but I was impressed with the
simplicity of its principle of operation. When I watched the Bridge City
video, my reaction was "Of course! Why haven't I been doing that?".
As discussed previously, I have a wobble dado blade and I'm too cheap to
spend for a real stacked dado set - and I picked up on the "kerf width"
For both of my simple jigs, I can use the wobble dado to make the cuts
shown in Figures 1 and 5 (and Figure 7 and 8 of the box joint jig) to
produce satisfyingly precise joints.
(Note that in making the box joint jig, the cut-off from Fig 6 is glued
into the slot cut in Fig 7 to ensure exact finger spacing.)
It's not exactly nirvana, but it comes close because it's quick and easy
to make, wonderfully thrifty, and awesomely accurate.
By virtue of it generating it's own references, accuracy is a given.
But no dado stack? Morris... Tsk,Tsk... ;-)
Just think of what you're missing: flat bottomed grooves with clean
edges; no finagling with that wobble width adjustment; respect from
your fellow wooddorkers who pried open their wallets and bought a
stack of carbide tipped blades and shims in a fancy box. And please
tell me it's not a Craftsman from 1962... You surely are a determined
You tube .......... okaaaay .......... it's a cat ......... catfood
........... watching video .......musta missed it ......... watch it again
....... nope ........ WTF did he post that fo......... oh. I see.
Got me you mongrel ; )
Not for me Morris. Not by a long shot. I like your stuff as a rule and
value your contributions here and elsewhere. But I could not make
heads nor tails (no pun intended) out of those "drawings."
PS: The workbench is coming along. Had some scrap particle board with
that plastic finish on one side (salvaged store display) for the first
layer of the top. Then a Ping Pong table (old, aged 5' x 9' plywood)
came along ($4 Habitat Re-Store) for the second layer - and, soon,
another use for that Masonite "find" - a sacrificial top surface.
Although, the current ping pong-green top with a white edge is
Alas, I am still scouting ideas for a fence arrangement that will work
for the Miter Saw and the RAS. Like to do something "elegantly
functional" with, of course, scrap or salvaged / re-cycled something
Lemme know when you do do the web page you do do so well.
Ok - there's a (rough draft) web page at
I can't help feeling that people are looking (insisting?) on a lot more
complexity than there really is.
The whole point of the jig is spelled out in the paragraph just above
Fig. 7 - but please start at the top and work your way down to that point.
If anyone gets lost, please let me know _where_ the page stopped making
OK - It was my birthday and I went out for a bit and missed you
message. If you still need the pix they are here. As for the outing,
Oh, to be twenty-five again. I think they were just being nice. ;-)
On Mon, 16 Nov 2009 21:50:16 -0600, the infamous Morris Dovey
Windows Paint (XP) can talk PNG, GIF, TIFF, JPG, and 4 flavors of BMP.
I think the freeware IrfanView can convert for you, too. Good prog.
When we are planning for posterity,
we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.
-- Thomas Paine
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