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This jig was in the December 07’ issue of wood magazine. It was pretty easy to make. So easy that you could use and abuse it and if it gets worn out you can just whip out another one out of scrap. This one is from some … “I think 3/4” MDF and some scrap hard wood for the indexing pins. Its pretty cool that you can make this so easily out of scrap when you compare it too the expense of a dovetail jig. I know box joints aren’t dove tails but there sorta fancy.

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Bradford

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#1 posted 2319 days ago

Nice jig. I’ll bet you get tight joints with that one. I also like that zero clearance insert. What is it made of? It looks like lacewood.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 2319 days ago

Hi Spaids,

This is a nice jig and the box joints that you have posted show it’s well made.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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bryano

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#3 posted 2319 days ago

box joints are definately fancy. (and strong)

-- bryano

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jm82435

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#4 posted 2319 days ago

and fast.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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spaids

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#5 posted 2319 days ago

Bradford I actually have no idea what that insert wood is. I was at a place in St. Louis that sells reclaimed local hardwood picking up some mulberry and I grabbed a piece of twisted up garbage for jigs and such.

I am hoping that any other newbies like me on this site will see how easy the jig is and try it out for themselves. I’m pretty happy to have box joints in my bag of tricks now.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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Dominic Vanacora

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#6 posted 2319 days ago

I’ve seen this before on Norm Adams show and it does look easy enough to make. The only thing I was thinking of when first seen, it was the accuracy needed between the pin and the slot. But as I’m typing this I’m thinking that you can adjust the distance between the slot and pin by moving the backer in slotted holes. This will give you a perfect box joint. MMMMM I think you talked me into making one…..Thanks for taking time to post your ideas.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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blackcherry

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#7 posted 2319 days ago

Look like qu.sawn white oak…nice jig for a nice price…Blkcherry

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motthunter

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#8 posted 2319 days ago

looks good.. good luck with it

-- making sawdust....

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pappyjohn

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#9 posted 2318 days ago

Nice Jig, Am wondering how its made. Looks pretty simple though, I just finished cutting some 1/2” box joints using my scroll saw for a couple of drawers. If you’d get a chance could you “e-mail me the plans”. Also wondering about your zero clearance insert. I’ve cut out a template for my saw but am unsure as to how I fasten it to the table. Thanks for listening.

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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Dusty56

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#10 posted 2318 days ago

I agree with the Quarter sawn White oak for the insert…very nice and the jig is something that I have made as well….

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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spaids

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#11 posted 2317 days ago

This is a comment I left on my project where I made a box using this jig. Its so easy that there are no plans.

Ron,

yea I made it from issue 181 the December 2007 issue of wood magazine. It was a piece of cake to make the jig. You don’t have to buy the issue though because Wood has a free video of it on their website where they walk you through the jigs creation and use. In the video they guy is even using the same Ridgid table saw that I have and the box he shows you will look eerily similar to the one I posted. hmmm wonder why?

Video
Click on jigs and then click on box joint jig, put a shirt on, then go make the box but if it looks better than mine don’t post it.
:)
Its real easy dude. Two little sticks and a scrap piece of mdf.

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spaids

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#12 posted 2317 days ago

Hey I just thought of an improvement to this jig. This jig required that you screw it to your miter gage. Once you have adjusted it so the joints are in that just right amount of tightness zone you’ll find that it is all lost once you need your miter gage back for normal use. I’m thinking that once I have it set just right that I should attach a runner to the jig to run in the other miter slot. Then I can remove it from my miter gage that is running in the other slot and even attach a second runner so I have one in both miter slots. Then my jig is set to be “perfect” every time I pick it up and I don’t have to reset anything. This will work because I’m going to use the same dado blade every time I use this jig.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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USCJeff

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#13 posted 2315 days ago

Very nice. I like the simple ones as you can make a couple for different sized fingers. As you said, once it bites the dust, scrap MDF isn’t far away.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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DrsHobby

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#14 posted 2283 days ago

I love the zero clearence insert. Very unique. Where did you get the lumber?

-- -Alex, St Charles, MO - "Measure twice, cut once, and go back to the lumber yard because you still screwed up."

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spaids

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#15 posted 2283 days ago

Lumber Logs is where I got that. I’m not sure what it is though. If you check Craig’s list the guys at lumber logs will post the one or two Saturdays a month that they are open. Otherwise you need and appointment and a minimum purchase of about $150 I think. No minimum on there “open” days.

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