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New And Improved Stumpy Nubs Box joint Jig

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Review by fl13 posted 08-17-2014 11:43 PM 2776 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Recently I purchased plans from the Stumpy Nubs Website for his improved Box Joint jig. $10.00.
I spent the better part of a Saturday putting it together despite some confusing instructions, not a big deal, still managed to construct a working jig, just using the photos .
I have built other jigs in the past and have constructed a few Beehives . (bees have a way of fixing sloppy joints), still I wanted to construct some small boxes with tighter and more accurate joints.
This jig does the trick. Simple to use, no cranking a handle and forgetting the number of the turns.
Jig uses a section of 3/8 16tpi threaded rod which is secured on the jig, does not turn except for fine tuning. A large modified spring clamp with a short section of a 3/8 inch coupler which is sliced in half is used to determine the width of the joint. Using a rule as guide which is attached to both the movable front fence and the base fence , very accurate and repeatable 1/8 to 3/4 inch or larger box joints.
I did modify the jig a bit, 3/4 inch Baltic instead of 1/2 inch on the sliding fence, actually mine is built with the 1/2 inch ply , I then added 3/4 inch ply to the 1/2 so that I could install t-trak to the sliding fence, this being done to utilize the t-trak hold down jigs for clamping.
Very easy to use.
Very easy to set-up.
Very easy to make adjustments.

Fred

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#1 posted 08-18-2014 12:07 AM

Fred, Very impressive build. I have the Stumpy plans but not the talent/intelligence to utilize them!

Edit: Just looked at your profile and saw that you built your own 16” bandsaw! You are definitely a very talented guy!

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#2 posted 08-18-2014 09:37 AM

Thanks for your comments, the box joint jig was actually fairly easy to construct. Stumpys instructions are a bit confusing. The main thing is DO NOT glue down the rod!!. It just sits in the routed dado and is fixed at both ends. The rod is used for fine adjustments and the modified spring clamp has a 3/8 inch x 1 inch rod connector which has been cut in half lengthwise. I used a cheap tile saw with a diamond blade to cut it lengthwise rather than a hacksaw.
this jig works by establishing a zero start cut position on the sled. Once established I glued a section of rule from a tape ruler on the sliding fence and in front of the threaded rod, also a section of rule was glued to the stationary fence.
to cut a 1/8 inch joint, you release the clamp and move the fence over 1/4 inch. Make the next cut and repeat.
main thing is that your dado set must be shimmed to an accurate width. 1/8th is easy, but widths such as 1/ 2 must be exactly 1/2. Clamping your workpiece is absolutely necessary, hence the use of the ttrak and hold downs. Still fiddling around with the jig just to figure out the nuances of it. If your wood is accurately square, clamped tightly in the jig and your first cut is at your zero position, the jig makes good joints that are very tight. Use a backer board !!
The rule is used only to line up the cuts. My zero postion is always at the beginning of an inch mark on both rules, when advancing to the next cut, just move your fence 1/4 of an inch if you are making 1/8. Inch joints.
also use 3/4 inch baltic or furniture grade ply for your jig. The ttrak sliding dovetail bar is very easy to install and works great.
Hope this helps
fl

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#3 posted 08-18-2014 01:45 PM

Thanks Fred.

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#4 posted 08-18-2014 04:09 PM

Thanks for the review, glad you like it!

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#5 posted 08-18-2014 06:45 PM

That will be a great addition to your shop, Fred. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#6 posted 08-20-2014 06:36 AM

I like the “no cranking” idea.

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