I screwed up. Time for a public apology… here goes:
In Blue Collar Woodworking episode #13 I showed my special box joint jig. Toward the end, after I show my jig in action, including a joint that you actually see me making on the jig, I then show a photo of a pile of box joints.
Here’s the problem: I did not take that photo. I “borrowed” the photo from a Google database like many people do every day, but which is not the proper thing to do.
The purpose of the photo was to show what box joints looked like, not to illustrate any special form of the joint. In fact, as the photo is on the screen, I am saying how I think box joints look nice and I plan on using them more often. It is true that the use of the photo implies that those actual joints were made in my shop. But, even though my jig will indeed make those joints just as shown, the photo does not show joints I personally cut.
The owner of the photo, as I learned only yesterday, is a Lumberjock named AlaninlittleWash. He has also designed a box joint jig, which will be released later this year for sale under the Incra label. I did NOT know that the photo was his, that his jig even existed, or that he made those joints. I should have checked on the origin of the photo, but in my haste to meet the deadline for the show to air, I made a mistake.
It should be very clear that the photo does NOT imply that my jig will make some sort of special joint that it is incapable of. In fact, it will easily make the exact joints in the photo. I was simply trying to save a little time, and poor judgment led me to make that mistake. While I have a strict policy about what photos or music I use in the videos, I bent the rules and it rightly came back to bite me.
While some have tried to claim that I was trying to take credit for someone else’s joints, that is NOT true. The jig is fully capable of cutting any box joint, including those in the photo. The mistake I made was using a photo that did not belong to me. I had no right to use it, and for that I am making this public apology. It was a boneheaded mistake, and it wont happen again.
Below is the video in question. I have tried my best to block out the photo, which was fount at the 8:50 mark. Corrections have also been made to the video at Stumpynubs.com
As for the jig used to make the joints in the photo, I have not seen it. My understanding is that it uses a different concept than mine. While my jig is intended to be a do-it-yourself, money saving project, the jig in question will be offered commercially by Incra. I encourage everyone to check it out if they prefer to purchase tools rather than make them.
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