Box Joint Jig

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Project by jcontract posted 10-24-2012 12:31 AM 4827 views 20 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m taking a class in basic cabinet making offered by a local vocational school. The class is allowed to bring in suggestions for their own projects. So I thought about it and came up with a project that I could get some use out of.

A little background. I have a real handsaw problem. Buying them that is. Over the last couple of years, I’ve acquired some fairly nice old saws. And some really great new saws. The issue is they have no home. To keep them safe, they are nestled away in the basement in make shift or original boxes. So every time I need to cut, it’s a trip downstairs to unpack. Then re-pack after I’m done. So I could really use a Saw Till. I decided to break out and try box joints instead of traditional dovetails. So the jig will be initially for that purpose.

The jig is from Shop Notes. It’s made from hard maple. It’s the first time working with it. All I can say is WOW! Talk about aptly named!

You can see the build progress pics and lessons I learned while building this jig and other stuff I’m working on at:

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#1 posted 10-24-2012 12:38 AM

Good looking jig. Looks like you can really dial it in.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#2 posted 10-24-2012 01:30 AM

I build 5 of these and they seem to work very well.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 10-24-2012 06:54 AM

Oh wow, that looks very good and precise. I think this will last for a long time and is useful for many projects.
Thank you for sharing!

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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Jim Rowe

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#4 posted 10-24-2012 11:39 AM

This looks very good. Is it possible to get hold of a copy of the drawings? I assume it will also work on a router table. Just found answers on the Shop Notes site and have purchased the plans.!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#5 posted 10-24-2012 01:13 PM

That’s a real nice jig and looks like it will work quite well.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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