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Project by EMVarona posted 05-31-2011 10:25 AM 4494 views 15 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In woodworking what fascinates me a lot are flawless joints. The finger joint stands out in that it is durable, neat and surprisingly easy to make. This prompted me to try it out. First I made a simple router table, then a box joint jig. Both unimpressive in appearance and low budget but functional. After some fine tuning and experimentation, the process of making the joint came fairly easy and the result was surprisingly good.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."





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Rasim Ramadan

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#1 posted 05-31-2011 11:03 AM

nice looking jig
is there plans for this

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EMVarona

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 12:40 PM

Hello, Rasim,
Kindly check on the following link. You will find the drawing there. Thanks for you interest.

http://www.toolcrib.com/blog/2010/04/19-box-joint-jig-plans-finger-joints-on-the-table-saw-and-router

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#3 posted 05-31-2011 01:21 PM

That is a real nice jig. I’ll have to make one. I like box joints. The last time I made any was years ago on a Radial arm saw with the blade horizontal!! Thanks for showing it to us!!

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

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#4 posted 05-31-2011 03:58 PM

Great idea to have a dedicated box joint jig.

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#5 posted 05-31-2011 04:06 PM

Nicely done. If you mount that box on a drill press with a drill bit shaft the same size as the router bit you’re using, you will also have an overhead pin router. They can be very handy. Here’s mine:

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#6 posted 06-01-2011 12:26 AM

Thanks all.
Shipwright, I’ve been looking at the pin router in one of the catalogue sites and wishing I had one. Now you have just given me some idea.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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kiefer

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#7 posted 06-01-2011 03:48 AM

Nice and simple jig and very resourceful choice of materials
i love the mitre gauge slide material idea !
shipwright your drill press setup is a nice addition to this jig
thanks guys this is great.

kiefer

-- Kiefer 松

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#8 posted 06-04-2011 03:48 AM

Hi Ed, this is a very nice jig. I’ve been wanting to make this kind of jig ahead of my M/T jig but project requirements changed my plan. Congratulations on your new jig, more boxes coming?

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#9 posted 06-04-2011 12:57 PM

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-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#10 posted 06-04-2011 01:18 PM

Thanks Armand,
As usual, this jig is subject to improvements. I am keen on adopting the self-contained system where the thickness of the fingers can be adjusted easily. By the way, I also made a spline joint jig for the router. It works but it was crudely done and not worth showing yet. It also works with the table saw but limited only to 1/8 in. splines in the absence of a dado cutter.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#11 posted 06-04-2011 02:07 PM

Very nice jig, Ed, and the joints are nice looking too.

-- 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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#12 posted 06-05-2011 02:35 AM

helluvawreck,
Thank you!

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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