Jigs #1: Box Joint Jig #1

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Blog entry by AmandasHusband posted 01-18-2011 09:33 PM 1178 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I’m new to the woodworking thing. I have been for about 2 years now. In 2 years I should be really experienced. It’s just I rarely seem to find time to make anything. Between “family time”, the Broncos, golf, and work, I have a hard time getting myself in the shop.

Take yesterday for example. I’m off for MLK day. So I:
- Watched my daughter until my wife got up at 11:00
- Replaced the kitchen faucet
- Bagged up the two christmas trees
- Got my propane heater I got for christmas running
- Put all the christmas decorations in the crawl space
- Straightened up the garage
- Made my first push stick.
- Worked on my box joint jig

So come 4:30 I’m actually able to start woodworking. Figured I needed a push stick so I put my new bandsaw to use. After that I got back to my box joint jig. Needed that push stick so I could rip 3 strips of oak on the table saw. Ran them across the jointer and all 3 are 23/64” thick according to my digital calipers I got for christmas.

One runner I cut in half and glued both pieces it to my sled base. The other 2 runners are for my crosscut sled I’m planning to start soon.

Here are a couple pictures. One of my heater and the little bit I got done yesterday on my box joint jig before I glued on the runners.

-- In this world there's two kinds of people my friend. Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.

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#1 posted 01-19-2011 03:30 AM

Hey, life gets in the way sometimes.

But it sounds like you got your head screwed on straight: Some family time, some honey dew time, and some shop time. Life’s not bad.

But I know the feeling. I spent my three day weekend about the same way.

BTW, nice push stick :)

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 01-20-2011 11:25 PM

your wife makes you put up two trees too?

-- RKWoods

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#3 posted 01-21-2011 05:02 PM

Thanks SPalm. Had a 20” 1×3 of pine laying arond. Cut it in half and just started cutting the push stick. Will probably use the other half for the same.

Actually, the second tree is my outdoor tree that sits on the porch. I’m the big christmas nut so I wanted to put it up. It’s one of those fake ones from the 80’s or 70’s. Have to hook each branch on a pole. I thought about just throwing it in the back of the truck and taking it to the dump. Thought that for a couple years now. But I packed it up.

-- In this world there's two kinds of people my friend. Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.

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