Easy Box joint Jigs As Promised

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Project by gfadvm posted 12-29-2011 10:38 PM 3523 views 29 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A fellow Okie asked me to post pics of my box joint jigs last night so here they are: First shows both the 1/4 and 3/8” jigs, secondis the rear view showing how they attach to miter gauge via 2 shop made knobs and routed ‘T track’, third showscloseup of the Jatoba pin glued into slot in jig, fourth is the 3/8 jig with my miter fence on top of it to show that I attach the miter fence the same way (only I have wing nuts on it), and last pic shows close up of back side of miter fence. I hope this helps as it is free, easy to build, and produces consistent box joints with my Freud box joint blades. I used Jatoba for the pins as it is very hard and I had worn the old pine pins out.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#1 posted 12-30-2011 12:07 AM

I have the same jigs. I made mine to work with the Freud Box Joint Blades. Works like a charm. Nice job on you jigs.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 12-30-2011 02:02 AM

i do em the same way andy, thanks for posting

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#3 posted 12-30-2011 04:28 AM

I spent probably 4 hours over the past few days trying to get one of the one-size-fits-all, adjustable box joint jigs to work and gave up. A 3/4” piece of Baltic birch and a 1/4” bamboo key makes a great jig and it’s a LOT easier to adjust.


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#4 posted 12-30-2011 04:39 AM

Thanks for sharing.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 12-30-2011 06:13 AM

Whit, I built one of those from I kit and was never so frustrated! These work much better and the Jatoba peg should make it last a lot longer.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 12-30-2011 07:00 AM

They are wonderful. I believe that is where the term shop made comes from

-- Norman

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#7 posted 12-30-2011 06:11 PM

This is very good, thanks. My sweety and I have not got over your d/c remote post, it was very good, as I also can see my son teaseing me. Thanks, Bob

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#8 posted 12-31-2011 03:32 AM

Thanks for sharing especially the home made t track

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#9 posted 12-31-2011 03:49 AM

By the way, I don’t have a T track router bit. I cut the slot with the tablesaw and then use a keyhole router bit ( at least I think that’s what it’s called). It has a cutterhead but no cutter on the shank. The shank is guided by the 1/4” saw kerf. I hope this is clear.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 01-20-2012 01:43 PM

Thanks for the post.

I really like old crates and boxes with the small finger/box joints. Your jig takes some of the mystery out of how to make thesefor a fairly new woodworker like me.

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#11 posted 01-20-2012 03:03 PM

I have made this same setup in the past, super quick, great results. I love the look of the joint. Just super. Thanks for posting, I haven’t had a chance to make a jig like this or any in awhile as I have no tablesaw :(

-- Michael and Matthew

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#12 posted 01-20-2012 09:55 PM

It looks like a good workable jig.


-- 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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#13 posted 06-14-2012 02:41 AM

Wow, I commented on this post 145 days ago. Just dropping in as it’s the same jig my son used in his most recent video. It really is a fantastic simple jig.

-- Michael and Matthew

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#14 posted 01-17-2013 03:17 PM

simple and very effective.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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