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router box joint jig - my way

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Project by Mike Gager posted 1262 days ago 3821 views 15 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i have been working on this jig for a little while and ive finally reached a point where it works really well so i figured id post it.

basically this is a box joint or finger joint jig that uses a template guide to guide the fixture. similar in theory to jigs that use a miter slot to guide except i dont have a miter slot so i had to come up with this.

anyways this particular jig is set up for 1/4” joints but you could make one set up for any spacing you wanted

it uses a 1/2 template guide and a 1/4” router bit. the bottom of the jig is grooved to fit the 1/2” guide and there is a positive stop at the rear to keep the router bit from coming out the back. i plan on redoing this jig and making a new base as this was my experimental set up and i did a lot of trial and error stuff, mainly in regard to dust collection. i finally gave up and just put the 4” hose straight to the jig and it works perfect

anyways hope you guys like it





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kiefer

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#1 posted 1262 days ago

” BRAVO ”
YOU DID WELL MY FRIEND !
NOW LETS SEE SOME PROJECTS FROM THIS JIG
INNOVATION RULES

THANKS

KIEFER

-- Kiefer 松

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steliart

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#2 posted 1262 days ago

cool jig

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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Splinterman

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#3 posted 1262 days ago

Sweet.

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HalDougherty

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#4 posted 1262 days ago

Great idea! And the results proves it works great too. You could also use your router edge guide to cut a miter slot in your table top, or build jigs with a support brace that rides against the outside edge of the table. That’s how I cut large items on my table saw.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Tinnocker

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#5 posted 1262 days ago

I like it!

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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DaveTPilot

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#6 posted 1262 days ago

That’s really cool. I love it when people come up with non-conventional ways that turn out great results. Is that the MLCS router plate? Looks just like mine, I love it.

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette www.pilotwoodworks.com

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Mike Gager

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#7 posted 1262 days ago

dave, yes it is

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StumpyNubs

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#8 posted 1261 days ago

Nothing like doing it “my way”- or I suppose in this case “your way”... I don’t expect you to do it “my way” anyway because you wouldn’t know what way “my way” is. Besides, I like “your way” of doing things better than “my way”. Any way- that’s one sweet jig…

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Mike Gager

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#9 posted 1257 days ago

heres the first project i made using this jig

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TIS

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#10 posted 1240 days ago

Great idea! I had made a jig similiar to this a few months ago. It looks like you can adjust the distant of the stop to the up cut bit from the pic. Unfortunately, I didn’t think of that at the time. What I ended up doing was having 2 pieces of steel milled to the exact dia. of the bit since none of them are truly the size they say they are. I first cut the dado for the bushing. Installed the bushing and flipped the piece of corian I used as a plate over and inserted the bushing. I put the 2 pieces of steel together along the edge of the plate and secured the fence tight against it. Removed the bushing and flipped the piece over to cut the top with the quarter inch up cut bit for a small dado to fit the 1/4” steel stop. Long drawn out explanation but the end result was a perfect non movable stop exactly the right distance from the bit that does not need to be adjusted!

Have to post a pic of it when I get a chance…I like your idea. Mayb you can use a 3/4” bushing to accomodate larger bits and only have to make the subfence to fit each bit leaving the base and fence alone. Cuts down on having a jig for every size bit!

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