|Project by ChuckM||posted 09-01-2010 12:46 AM||8255 views||39 times favorited||6 comments|
I have made box joints using the router table, and the Leigh jig methods. The Methods of Work on box joints (FW Issue #214) has a tip on building dedicated jigs for making box joints on the tablesaw. I decided to give it a try and after a few hours in the shop today, the 1/2” box joint jig was made and the results (using scrap 1/2’ plywood) were very satisfactory.
If you’ve built a cross-cut sled before, this jig is as easy to make. I cut the runners an hair thicker than the miter slots and used a cabinet scraper to size them to exact thickness.
You can see a couple pairs of spare runners I’ve made. I plan to make one more box joint jig for the 3/4” stock.
If you don’t have the issue #214. go to here to see the interactive instructions:
The published tip is here:
(Note: The above pages are free for now but may require membership to view after a while.)
If you search ‘box joint’ in FW’s site, half a dozen articles/videos will be retrieved.
Cost of this jig: $0 as everything including the wing nuts and bolts was from the scrap bin.
Happy finger-joint making.
P.S. If you don’t want to build a jig, you can adapt this for use with your miter gauge.
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