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Project by mlk1005 posted 01-14-2017 02:09 AM 3114 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having always been drawn to the looks of finger joints, I decided I simply must build this jig when I watched a video showing the construction by its designer. I went to the website, looked at all the info and bought the plans. After a very enjoyable weekend in the shop i varnished it up and waited patiently for it to dry so I could try it out.

Nearly everything used in the construction was scrap, you know, all the short pieces we all have piled up in the corners that are “just too good to throw away”. Cherry, mahogany, walnut. cedar and birch plywood. I did have to buy a short piece of 3/8×3/4 aluminum for the slide.

As many of you probably already know, stock to be cut is clamped vertically inside the center box and the gears are used to advance the material across the blade in a controlled fashion. I still find myself looking for things to store in a finger jointed box. It’s just so very satisfying to quickly crank out a good looking little project.

I’ve got little boxes like this all over the workshop, and not just for woodworking tools!

Go out to the workshop and make yourself some tools! You will never be happier to do a little work than when you are using a jig or tool you have crafted for yourself! Make it fancy, it doesn’t take much longer and you will smile every time you use it. Happily, I’m in this for the fun of it.

-- Mark, St Louis, MO





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Tugboater78

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#1 posted 01-14-2017 03:50 AM

Great project, awful pretty

ive had the plans for that and his bandsaw for years, but still havent built them. One day perhaps

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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woodbutcherbynight

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#2 posted 01-14-2017 04:00 AM

Excellent build. Really like you finished it up nice and made it look like a tool not some wood on the table.

TOP NOTCH!!

Who did you get your plans from?

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#3 posted 01-14-2017 01:35 PM

Kool, I have the luxury of a lazer cutter for gears and greatly appreciate anyone that cuts gears using conventional tools.

Neat jig (from an avid jig maker).

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 01-14-2017 04:07 PM

This jig is so interesting and creative. I also love the jig because you have done it with a lot of nice craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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sras

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#5 posted 01-14-2017 04:33 PM

Very nice! A quality jig (or tool) inspires quality work.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Tugboater78

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#6 posted 01-14-2017 04:56 PM



Excellent build. Really like you finished it up nice and made it look like a tool not some wood on the table.

TOP NOTCH!!

Who did you get your plans from?

- woodbutcherbynight

Looks like Mattias Wandels designs @ woodgears.ca

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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Boxguy

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#7 posted 01-14-2017 07:03 PM

Mark, I like the work you have done. It is careful craftsmanship. Thanks for posting this. I am intrigued. Could you please direct us to the You Tube site so we could watch it work and maybe the site where you got your plans?

-- Big Al in IN

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woodbutcherbynight

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#8 posted 01-15-2017 03:27 AM


Looks like Mattias Wandels designs @ woodgears.ca

- Tugboater78

I agree it does look like it but his has a large main gear, much larger than this one appears to be. Perhaps in his plans he changed this aspect?

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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mlk1005

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#9 posted 01-15-2017 04:36 AM

You are correct! The plans were indeed from Mattias Wandel. His website (woodgears.ca)has tons of plans and there’s a YouTube channel as well. He has a four part video series on the construction of this box joint jig.

Search “box joint jig matthias wandel” on YouTube and you’ll get the entire series and then some.

I found the plans to be very easy to use especially after printing them out full size. This is under joinery jigs on his website, the screw advance box joint jig.

The gears are changed for different width sawblades, thats why the gear on mine doesn’t match the original. It’s really very easy to make up a bunch of gears right on your bandsaw.

Thank you all for your kind words. This was a fun project.

-- Mark, St Louis, MO

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WarnerK

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#10 posted 02-08-2017 04:40 AM

Nice job and craftsmanship! I built the same one and it works great! The plans from Mattias Wandel are very, very well done! They are clear and well illustrated. And the cost if the plans very, very reasonable!

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