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Project by 72hw posted 10-28-2012 11:58 PM 8468 views 13 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I made a very rudimentary box joint jig last weekend – nothing more than a fence with a bit of 5/16” steel for an indexing pin glued into it. Did it work? Very well in fact – especially when you consider I am very new to the whole woodworking thing and this was my first jig ever!

But was I satisfied?

Nope.

Did I seek advice or make drawings or follow a plan for my second iteration of the thing?

Hells no.

But here it is, and it seems to work quite well. I must make mention that I have a Super-Craptastic Craftsman router table. This is the one you can find at OSH or Sears on sale for like $100 that includes a router. You know, the one that comes with a miter gauge slot that fits nothing but the crappy miter gauge they supply. Router itself seems nice enough, but the table has had me wishing for a larger garage since I first used it. (We still have yet to learn cars live outside!)

Anyways, I used the crappy miter gauge guide for the rail on my jig/sled for the box joint cutter, (See pic #3) and cannibalized a featherboard that also does not fit my router table for the yellow knobs shown in picture 2. I decided to make the fence adjustable since everyone always asks about adjustability when jigs like this are posted. (Please ignore the sloppy slot routing job shown in picture 2!)

Took me some thinking to get everything right, but it seemed to work out all right. If I want to cut different sized box joints all I need to do is create another fence capable of holding a different insert for the indexing pin – other than that the adjustable fence works great. I can align for width of the pins ans well as make sure the fence is square.

At least as square as I can get it on the Uber-Budget-Table I am stuck with for the time being…

Thanks for looking!

-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson





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gfadvm

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#1 posted 10-29-2012 01:07 AM

I started out with a Ryobi table/router combo for under $100 and made do until I built my big router table. I put the old Ryobi in it thinking I would kill it pretty quickly and replace it with a bigger/better model. That has been almost 4 years ago and I just can’t kill that router! I may buy another just like it if it ever lays down. I think you did a very nice job on your jig.

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

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kiefer

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#2 posted 10-29-2012 03:12 AM

Nice jig and it does the job .
Love the colored knobs they make it look more professional.

-- Kiefer 松

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mloy365

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#3 posted 10-29-2012 11:22 AM

Very, very nice. Making jigs is like chicken soup for the woodworker soul. It is also just a real important skill.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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NormG

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#4 posted 10-29-2012 10:16 PM

Nice sled, if it works for your machine all the better. Sometimes it is all in the jig for a particular machine, we learn to work with and/or adapt what we have to use. Hang in there, be patient and plan for that new machine

-- Norman

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alexdom_89

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#5 posted 10-29-2012 11:37 PM

I took your idea and now I have a rather good box joint jig and its nice and sturdy great job and thanks for the info!

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72hw

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#6 posted 10-29-2012 11:50 PM

Thanks to all for the comments – I look forward to using this on many projects to come. Believe I may try to make a second fence with a swappable indexing pin system so I don’t have to have 30 fences laying around!

@alexdom-89 – glad you liked it. Would love to see your take on it!

-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

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Bill_N

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#7 posted 10-30-2012 01:02 AM

looks as good as others I have seen
Should work great

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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rance

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#8 posted 10-30-2012 01:21 AM

I don’t care what brand of tools you put in it. If it works to your satisfaction, it is a WINNER. Well done man.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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