|Review by cajunpen||posted 02-29-2008 09:33 AM||8652 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
I love box joints, they are easy to construct, look great and when cut and assembled correctly are as strong a joint as any you can cut. The Freud 8” Box Joint Cutters do one thing and one thing only – they cut perfectly flat box joints on your table saw. You have two size joints that you can cut, either 3/8” or 1/4”. The slot width is determined by the way that you arrange the blades.
It all begins with a shop made jig, which attaches to your Miter Gauge. Basically you attach a flat fence (one for each size box joint – so you will need two jigs). You cut a slot in the fence, in this example we will be making 1/4” box joints, so you would cut a 1/4” slot, approximately 1/4” deep. You then glue in a piece of 1/4”x1/4”x2” bar in the slot that you just cut. You then mount the fence to your Miter Gauge. Here is the difficult part (not really) you must get that 1/4” bar exactly 1/4” from your saw blade. Don’t worry about the setup, if I’ve rambled and not made it clear, the set comes with very thorough setup instructions. I also have and use a spacer fence setup on my router table to cut box joints, which also works well – but the Freud blades are easier to setup and use for quick box joints.
I said earlier that it does one thing only – well that’s not completely true. You can also use it to cut 1/4” or 3/8” dadoes or rabbits and you will have perfectly flat bottoms. The set costs about $79.00 and I’m pretty sure that you can buy them through the LumberJocks store.
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