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first attempt at box joints on my incra ultra

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Project by swdst posted 08-29-2015 03:25 AM 992 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally decided to play around with my new router, lift, table, and fence, well, finally had time. I have been wanting to practice box joints and dovetails, so i decided to make my other half a keepsake box, and incorporate our newborn daughter into the project as well. I have to say, i wish i would have bought the incra fence for my router table long ago. I have had one on my ts for awhile now, and have been quite pleased with it, and this thing doesn’t disappoint on the rt either. There is a learning curve, but some careful reading, attention to setup, and a couple practice cuts, and this thing is fail proof, any mistakes i found in my practice cuts were human error and no fault of the fence system, nor the templates. Thanks to many a post on here from fellow wood workers, learning from their experiences, my learning curve wasn’t as steep as it could have been, thank you all for the advice, even if you didn’t know you had given it.





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JimRochester

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#1 posted 08-29-2015 01:28 PM

I bought one of those and it came out poorly. Not the fault of the jig. I need to spend more time with it. Practicing and getting the setup perfect is key

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 08-29-2015 02:07 PM

It looks like it did the job. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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swdst

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#3 posted 08-29-2015 02:12 PM

Setup is key, i dont even test cut for center anymore, i mark center of board on the end line up mark to center of bit, bring the fence up to the edge of the board and lock, while maintaining the boardis still centered to bit, then slide the template to recommended center point on the cursor. As for bit height, the recommendations are pretty close, but i Like to see my bit just a tad proud of the stock thickness, this leaves my box joints, slightly proud, and can later be sanded down. I’ve worked out most of the kinks, and would be happy to answer any questions.

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JimRochester

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#4 posted 08-29-2015 06:28 PM

You’re only about 8 – 10 hours from me if you want to swing by real quick and set up mine that would be great ;)

When I got mine it was at the time my dad died and I needed to make the box for his remains. Using a jig like that is not for when you are in a hurry, not when you are trying to learn, and not when you are in a poor frame of mind. I had all three. I instead made the box with some rabbeted ends and set the jig aside. I’ll attack it again this winter using your advice and I’ll probably hit you up again for pointers.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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swdst

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#5 posted 08-29-2015 07:52 PM

More than happy to help, let me know when you have an hour or so and want to give it another try, you can call me. Also, do you have the template book and templates? If not, you almost have to have those.

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Grumpymike

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#6 posted 08-29-2015 08:46 PM

Great looking box … Box joints can be tricky, and I learned that if I use a brass set up block the same as the bit it works out just fine. (1/4” block and a 1/4”bit) ... Use the block between the bit and the pin.
On your top, try a compound miter using your 45° set up and put a 15° to 30°bevel on the miter cut, it will give you a domed effect …
I’m right here in Arizona if you want to swing by ..

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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JimRochester

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#7 posted 08-29-2015 09:09 PM



More than happy to help, let me know when you have an hour or so and want to give it another try, you can call me. Also, do you have the template book and templates? If not, you almost have to have those.

- swdst

I don’t recall seeing those. Did they come with ity or are they separate?

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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recycle1943

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#8 posted 08-29-2015 09:33 PM

Swdst – I have the fence for my ts and rt and life is soooo much easier with them. the micro adjust on the ts makes fitting drawer or box bottoms a breeze.

Btw – oak, cedar and walnut, three of my favorite woods look real nice in you keepsake box

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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swdst

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#9 posted 08-29-2015 10:54 PM

Recycle, they came with mine, but can be had for around $30 on ebay,


Each guide in the book is marked, i.e. boxa or dovf, which corresponds to a template that slides in your jig just as the rulers do, you put in the template you want, lock fence with stock on center to to bit, with fence locked, slide template to recommended center on cursor, you choose which is front and back, and which are sides, one of the will be blue marks, the other are in red, you line up the marks, lock fence, and cut

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swdst

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#10 posted 08-29-2015 10:57 PM

Thanks so much dick, i work a lot with cedar, being in the mountains of va, i have plenty, the walnut came out of my wood pile, and the oak was left over from another project.

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TimWood

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#11 posted 08-30-2015 01:03 PM

BTW…I’m in SC if you want to swing by here and help me on mine too! I’ve been to the Shenandoah Valley before and I THINK heaven is a local call so keep looking….it’s around there somewhere!

-- Tim Harrelson

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swdst

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#12 posted 08-30-2015 02:10 PM

I can’t argue on the beauty around here. I do manage a trip to Sc occasionally, mainly out to the low country.

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