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Project by woodbutcherbynight posted 08-02-2017 06:56 PM 1818 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For many years I have used a frame jig to assemble boxes, drawers, and picture frames. Originally I made it to accommodate poster sized frames thus it was rather large. It was my first attempt and while it has worked recently I decided it was time for some upgrades.

The current size if 24×27 and should accommodate most drawers and boxes I currently assemble with ease. Instead of paint on the surface I used Formica, everything else I coated with poly. The wedge on the bottom it a friction fit into the valley of my tablesaw fence. To keep the jig from tipping I put a swing arm on the opposite side that goes under the tablesaw top. The corner clamps I got from HF and while they are cheap they were the only ones I could find that had 1 inch thickness which is what I had wanted for better support of the stock as I worked. With some tweaks I was able to make this work better and be square. The arms have double joints allowing infinite movement to support the opposite side of the box as I assemble.

Normally most use a table and bar clamps to do assembly. Being somewhat limited on mobility with my right arm I improvise and use jigs that secure pieces to the table. Add to that that shop space is a premium I opted for the ā€œLā€ design for space used as well as space used for storage. I managed to tuck this in next to a few other tools and jigs I have without having to move anything other than the previous larger jig.

Not exactly the prettiest girl around with sexy joinery and all but it does work and is a improvement over the original jig. Special thanks to Bearpaw who got me started on making jigs years ago.

Enjoy, be inspired.

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





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bobasaurus

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#1 posted 08-02-2017 11:25 PM

That’s an impressive jig, though I’m not completely sure how it works. Frame glue-ups are always challenging.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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woodbutcherbynight

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#2 posted 08-03-2017 01:24 AM

I use this for drill holes and assembling each side one at a time and turning until all four are screw together. Alot of what I make is done this way. For glue ups I use something else.

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

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#3 posted 08-03-2017 01:47 AM

That is awesome. Love your design. Great job buddy

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woodbutcherbynight

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#4 posted 08-03-2017 02:01 AM

Thanks, just got back from dropping off the old one to a friend. Fit his TS exactly, he was happy. So was I as the new one sits where the old one did, just less space taken up.

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

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#5 posted 08-03-2017 03:00 AM

Sort of understand the clamp. It provides assistance in your box making. A little more complicated than Kiefer’s strap clamps.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 08-03-2017 03:47 AM

Very sofisticated, I bet it’s very functional and makes your work much easier.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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woodbutcherbynight

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#7 posted 08-03-2017 04:02 AM



Sort of understand the clamp. It provides assistance in your box making. A little more complicated than Kiefer s strap clamps.

- DocSavage45

I have days where the right arm and wrist just are not working with me. This jig lets me work with one hand and hold two pieces in place. Works well for holding the pieces in place then drill a hole and inserting screw. As I work alone nobody else is around to “hold this for a minute’. LOL

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

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#8 posted 08-03-2017 04:10 AM

I promise to bitch less under similar circumstances although my adhd and Murphy seem to be ever present. :<)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 08-03-2017 09:38 AM

Well done

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 08-03-2017 02:34 PM

This is a great jig and so nicely done. It’s a fine addition to your shop.

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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woodbutcherbynight

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#11 posted 08-04-2017 01:43 AM



I promise to bitch less under similar circumstances although my adhd and Murphy seem to be ever present. :<)

- DocSavage45

Yes Father Murphy seems to insist on weekly visits…...

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 08-09-2017 04:54 PM

Neat idea for securing the two pieces.

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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