Box Joint Pencil Holders

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Project by MolokMot posted 09-07-2012 05:13 PM 3121 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These pencil holders were made using a box joint jig I created for my table saw using my miter gauge. The jig worked ok, however I believe that there is a little slop in the miter gauge which may have caused some slight issues with the joint. Not sure yet as this was my first attempt, but I may end up making a full table saw sled for my dato set and using that as the base.

  • Sides: 3/8” BB Ply edged with walnut scraps
  • Bottom: 1/4” BB Ply
  • Box Joint – for the sides
  • Rabbet / dado for the bottom
Project Firsts:
  • First Box Joint
  • First Rabbeted bottom set into a dado

I have not done the glue up, sanding or finishing yet, but I won’t be able to get to those for a week or so due to work and family obligations.

**UPDATE: glue up and finish applied. (waterlox)

Enjoy and feel free to ask me any questions.

-- MolokMot, Rocker, Woodworker, Geek

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#1 posted 09-07-2012 08:28 PM

Those are nice looking box joints. The stripes of the plywood look cool on the ends. I just tried box joints for the first time on my fan project. I made a jig for my router table miter gauge and used a 1/4” straight bit. I put a couple layers of blue tape around the miter gauge to tighten it up in the slot and remove the play.

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA -

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#2 posted 09-07-2012 09:08 PM

Fancy and sweet. Good job.

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#3 posted 09-08-2012 01:32 PM

Steve, I will have to try your idea using the blue tape to reduce slop. I was thinking about making a sled but I was not sure if I wanted to try using a router table first. Seems like it would male for a very clean joint.

-- MolokMot, Rocker, Woodworker, Geek

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#4 posted 09-10-2012 01:45 PM



-- MolokMot, Rocker, Woodworker, Geek

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#5 posted 03-02-2015 07:05 PM

Those are really nice looking box joints, especially for a first attempt. Great Job.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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