I tried box joints.

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Project by donjoe posted 03-14-2010 02:59 AM 2096 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, This all started because I wanted to try and make box joints or finger joints. Never had tried them. My old craftsman table saw is direct drive so no dado blades, but I do have a small router table. After thinking about how it would have to work I made the jig you see on the router bed to make 1/4” slots. Worked ok just using a cheap two bladed bit. After cutting the slots the box itself evolved in my mind. The materail is mostly popular. The decorations on top are red oak and purple heart. Bottom of box and shelf are lined with red wine colored felt. Golden oak stain and finished with poly. The box is 8”X5”X3.5”. Thanks for looking.


-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#1 posted 03-14-2010 03:20 AM

Wow that’s cool. Nice job.

-- One Time Tree Man

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#2 posted 03-14-2010 03:43 AM

That’s nice! I love box joints.

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#3 posted 03-14-2010 04:00 AM

Great job!! Nothing like traditional joinery. You made do with what you had and you should be commened for that. Beats a back saw and chisel. I like the design of the box also ,nice job.

-- Gotwood1962, If sawdust were valuable... I'd be a millionaire

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#4 posted 03-14-2010 04:08 AM

nice work! i hate working with poplar wood cuz you really can’t put a nice finnish on it but you proved you can and make it look saweeeeeeeeeeeeet. THANKS

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 03-14-2010 05:02 AM

Nice work. I like poplar and how easy it takes a stain. How long did it take you to measure and set up your box joint jig/set up?

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#6 posted 03-14-2010 05:19 AM

Chelios, Thanks for the comment, I did not time myself but I made the jig itself in about thirty minutes.That’s figuring and making.


-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#7 posted 03-14-2010 06:35 AM

Donnie nice job on your box, awsome work. Nice box joints, superb work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#8 posted 03-14-2010 06:39 AM

Looking mighty spiffy

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 03-14-2010 08:15 AM

Wow what a box, great job. Jig did it job also.

-- Norman

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#10 posted 03-14-2010 08:32 AM

Outstading thanks for the info.

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#11 posted 03-14-2010 12:01 PM

Quick Simple Effective

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#12 posted 03-14-2010 06:59 PM

Nice work on the box joints. The golden oak stain looks really good on the poplar, too.

-- Rick

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#13 posted 03-15-2010 01:09 AM

very nice. If you want smoother cutting yet, try the Freud bits.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#14 posted 03-15-2010 05:12 PM

Looks like you did it. Nice job.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#15 posted 01-29-2012 03:01 AM

Hey great job on the box

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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