Box joint boxes and jig

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Project by harriw posted 12-24-2013 07:24 AM 1871 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I definitely went about this adventure backwards, but I had fun doing it anyway :) I have the Oshlun 8” Dado set that I like very much, but it comes in a cardboard box and no real case. So this past spring I grabbed some oak and took a stab at some box joints and built a box for my Dado set.

It turned out just fine and holds the Dado set nicely, but I quickly determined while building it that clamping various scrap boards of questionable square-ness to my miter gauge is NOT the proper way to cut accurate box joints. So as soon as I finished the oak “trial” box (that actually holds the dado set), I set about building a proper box-joint jig. It has 2 maple runners, and a bolt-on front plate that can be changed out for different box-joint sizes. All I’ve ever needed to this point is 1/2” so I haven’t made any others. But note that I wrote right on the remove-able plate what size Dado stack goes with that plate.

So now that I had a proper Box joint jig, I had to try it out :) I had a piece of pine sitting around with a nice mix of heart and sap wood that would be perfect for wrapping around into a box. So I built a second box, almost the same as the first, out of pine using the proper jig. The results were much better – perfect joints all around.

My dado set still lives in the original oak box, which works quite nicely. The pine box on the otherhand, sits in my shop empty while I try to come up with something to store in it. I was originally thinking I’d keep my precision measurement tools (dial indicator, dial caliper, etc.) in it, but it’s just a smidge too small to fit my caliper case, and I don’t think everything would fit in it anyway.

Next time, I’ll use pine for the trial, and build the second one out of oak.

-- Bill - Western NY

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#1 posted 12-24-2013 11:15 AM

Finished product is very nice.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-24-2013 03:26 PM

Both the box and jig are nice additions to your shop. The box makes a nice place for your dado set and now box joints will be a breeze. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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