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My First Jig, Box Joint Jig from Scrap

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Project by trippcasey posted 420 days ago 1042 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first jig I have ever made. I saw something similar on youtube, and decided to try it out. The back, and main part of the jig is red oak. I drilled several holes in it to be able to clamp wood snugly depending on the length, and used some scrap pine for the front of the clamp with two 3” bolts. I glued a piece of 3/8” square poplar dowel in a slot cut on the bottom of the oak, and cut a notch 3/8” wide the same length away from the dowel. I use the rest of the dowel as a spacer so you can cut two boards at once and offset them properly so they fit together. So when I make my first cut, I just slide the stock over the dowel and cut again, repeating the process through the stock. The joints in the pic are a little proud, but they fit together nicely. I feel good about using this jig on something other than plywood now that I have seen what I can do with it.

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Scott Oldre

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#1 posted 420 days ago

Nicely done. I have an incra setup, but would still like to try to make one of these. The incra is accurate, but it does take a little time to setup. Would be nice to just throw the jig on the router table and make some boxes. Thanks for sharing

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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trippcasey

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#2 posted 420 days ago

Thanks Scott! I have been drooling over the incra jig. I just cant afford it right now. There are many other things I need like more clamps, a plunge router, and some other basic shop tools. I only have one hand plane and one chisel. Im going up to see my Dad in two weeks, who is a master craftsman and very happy I picked up this hobby. He says he has several things for me that I can use, plus some wood off of his sawmill. Im sure an incra jig isnt what he will be adding to the lot. When talking to him he always says “If you need a jig, make it. That money could be used on tools you cant make.” Sounds like good advice to me.

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BusterB

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#3 posted 420 days ago

I am gonna have to try that one….Nice job Tripp

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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trippcasey

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#4 posted 420 days ago

Thanks Buster!

-- I almost post pics....until I see the daily top three...then I delete my post.

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 420 days ago

Nice job. That jig will work on the tablesaw as well as the router table. I started out with that same Ryobi router table (brought back a lot of memories). Can’t believe you didn’t have more tearout in that plywood. You are good!

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

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trippcasey

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#6 posted 420 days ago

I got the idea from a table saw jig. I don’t have a dado set, and adjusting the jig multiple times for one cut was just to much. Thanks for the compliments guys! I am looking at plans for making a better router table, and need another router as well. One with a plunge base.

-- I almost post pics....until I see the daily top three...then I delete my post.

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