Yet Another Box Joint Jig

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Project by rmac posted 1496 days ago 9982 views 68 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The dial and the screw on the table saw fence micro adjuster posted by BritBoxmaker a few days ago reminded me of a similar mechanism on a jig I made a few months ago. Instead of allowing precise adjustments to the fence, my jig makes it easy to make precisely spaced crosscuts. I originally intended it as a box joint jig, but it’s actually useful for other operations as well.

My jig is a variation on a standard crosscut sled. The basic idea came from Matthias Wandel's orignal box joint jig. Instead of a crank like Matthias used, I put a knob with a dial on mine to move the carriage crossways past the blade. Each mark on the dial represents 0.002” of carriage movement, so with a little planning, you can make any sort of box joint you want. At first I had numbers on the dial, but I found that the colored lines and dots on the dial shown in the pictures made it easier to use the jig without making stupid mistakes.

The first few pictures show the jig itself. The last few show some of the first joints that I made with it.

Update, November 13, 2011: There’s now an article on my blog with plans and lots more details about this jig.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#1 posted 1496 days ago

niice jiig
thank´s for sharing


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#2 posted 1496 days ago

I like your jig. May have to build one of these.

-- Lynn "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#3 posted 1496 days ago

Well I never thought of using it like that! Brilliant. I’m going to have to try this. The colour coded dot system looks like a winner too. Well done.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 1496 days ago

Great Idea Russ super jig

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#5 posted 1496 days ago

Awesome Russ

Looks like a winner

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#6 posted 1496 days ago

Really nice jig. It reminds me of another similar jig I saw here that I’ve been thinking about making. Yours is considerably simpler though so I may make it instead.

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#7 posted 1496 days ago


Yes. The jig I got my idea from was made by the same guy (Matthias Wandel) who built the really fancy one that you saw. That guy is a real genius.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#8 posted 1496 days ago

Nice idea to incorporate into a sled for super accuracy. Thanks for sharing!!

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

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#9 posted 1496 days ago

MOVE OVER INCRA!!!! Russ, very clever.

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#10 posted 1495 days ago

Good jig Russ.

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#11 posted 1495 days ago

I like your jig.

Somehow from one man to another that just doesn’t sound right…... but what the heck….. I like your jig!


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#12 posted 1494 days ago

Fully adjustable ! I like it too. Thanks for posting.



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#13 posted 1493 days ago

great idea.i would like to make a copy if you dont mind.super job.

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#14 posted 1493 days ago

lou: Copy away!

everyone else: Thanks for all the compliements, but credit for the idea really belongs to Matthias.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#15 posted 1490 days ago

I got to thinking about using standard threaded rod for “lead screws” and the distance of travel per revolution (and partial revolution) of the rod (or nut). I made up a spread sheet for some of the standard pitches (number of threads per inch) and then if a divider head (disc) was fastened to the end of the rod for even increments of partial turns: what the travel distance would be. Example: If a standard ¼ – 20 screw was used: (20 threads per inch) then one turn would move the nut 1/20 inch or .050 inch. So for a half turn it would move .025, one third turn it would move .0166, and so on. Granted one will not maintain 4 decimal place accuracy due to the thread precision (or lack of) and backlash between the nut and rod threads. Here’s my chart if you want it ~ it’s in pic format so I could store it to share.

Now if we can get someone to draw up and post divider heads (circles with even increments)
Let me know if I have any errors and I’ll correct them; I did a random check on the calculations.


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