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Project by kiefer posted 02-11-2015 03:41 AM 3322 views 17 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this simple but accurate jig for my table saw sled to cut some large (1 1/4”) boxjoints for a box that I am building .
It is one of those simple jig ideas that got made on the fly but produces excellent joints .
The jig consists of a melamine board that slides side to side along the fence and is retained by a couple of retainers made of plywood and solid wood .
A index block is attached to the fence face that is the size of the finger and a left and right stop block is clamped to the sled fence .
That is about all there is to it besides a material holder made of plywood and solid wood that is disposable .
Here are some pictures that I took of the simple process cutting the joints .

The jig with the stop blocks and index block.

The material holder in place .

The material in place one side and one front or back the long piece against the index block and the short pice offset by the size of the index block using a offcut pice that I used for the index block.

The boards clamped to the material carrier and also to the sliding fence .

The first cut with the sliding fence agaict the right stop (I am using a flat top blade )

The sliding fence against the left stop block and the second cut made and the waste in between is removed by slowly moving the sled forward and sliding the sliding fence side to side at the same time producing a nice flat finish.

The clamp that hold the material holder to the sliding fence is removed and the cut out of the board is slid over the index block and then the material holder is reclamped to the sliding fence ready for the next cutting sequence and this is repeated for as many times as requiered .
A very simple procedure and the clamping make for nice precise results and the little extra time it take is well worth it .

Here is the result of the dry fit and the box in my box clamp .
Joints are nice inside and out and when clamped in the jig and the box is square on all four corners .

All this took about two hours that is to make the jig and cut the joints ,as I said Easy .


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 02-11-2015 03:51 AM


Your “on the fly” is always on the mark! Here comes another Top3!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 02-11-2015 03:54 AM

handy looking jig. Are some Greene and Greene inspired boxes in the works?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 02-11-2015 04:02 AM

Thanks Thomas
When I need something just for a one time use I do it on the fly and get on with it but this one turned out so well that I will likely make a another one from better material and keep it .

Thanks Peter
Greene and Greene boxes are an interesting design and this box will be using some inspiration from it but will be on the rustic side as you can see by the knotty tamarac that I am making the box from ..

-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 02-11-2015 07:26 AM

Nice work and “simply” ingenious as usual!

-- -Tim Royal... Always reminded of this when I see the amazing work LJ's do (I have no choice but to be humble!), "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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#5 posted 02-11-2015 10:47 AM

Nice jig Klaus with excellent results.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 02-11-2015 12:47 PM

Jigs by Klaus is another winner

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 02-11-2015 02:19 PM

Nice, simple jig that gets the job done with minimum fuss. You’ll no doubt get far more use with this jig than either the fancy adjustable ones or the Leigh box joint template, based on my experience.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 02-11-2015 02:21 PM

Quick and simple, that’s the best part. I like the big box joints too. I could use this for some storage crates I need to build. Thanks Klaus.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 02-11-2015 06:22 PM

very cool, thank you for sharing!

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#10 posted 02-11-2015 06:49 PM

Hello Kiefer

Very nice good jig

In my favorite for a copy because i have to make a box like yours with two permissions !!!

Very simple and very effective

Now I have time in front of me

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#11 posted 02-12-2015 10:21 AM

Very nice and “new” tools/jigs are always needed in the shop.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#12 posted 02-12-2015 01:16 PM

Always productive in the shop, Klaus. Another great jig! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 02-12-2015 03:29 PM

Klaus, your improvised jig is great, and your corner blocks are as well. Very inspiring ! Thanks for sharing.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#14 posted 02-13-2015 12:47 AM

Thanks all for your comments and they are much appreciated and make it worth while to post aan share a project .
Have fun and stay well .


-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 02-17-2015 10:15 AM

Now that’s my kind of jig, the fact that you don’t have to change out the saw blade to a dado set is right up my ally. Going to favor this one, Thanks for sharing Klaus.

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