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Forum topic by EdsCustomWoodCrafts posted 10-06-2015 10:05 PM 814 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2015 10:05 PM

So my technical question is can I only use 1/2” thick wood if I’m using a box joint jig with a 1/2” square dowel as a key

Please say no!!!!!!

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”


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#1 posted 10-06-2015 10:08 PM

No!

-- Jerry

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#2 posted 10-06-2015 10:19 PM



So my technical question is can I only use 1/2” thick wood if I m using a box joint jig with a 1/2” square dowel as a key

Please say no!!!!!!

- edwood1975

So how Dow I line up the joint lines so there flush

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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#3 posted 10-06-2015 10:40 PM

If I am understanding your question correctly, the 1/2” square dowel is the spacer for the fingers of the box joint. Raise your blade up to the thickness of the board you are cutting, that should line up the sides. If you are using a router, have the lowest part of the bit at the thickness of the board.

I think I got all that right. I’m betting someone will be along shortly to straighten both of us out with the correct answer.

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#4 posted 10-06-2015 10:46 PM

Ohh its on the router table and yes I’m talking about the 1/2” square key

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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#5 posted 10-07-2015 12:02 AM

The thickness of your stock doesn’t have anything to do with the width of the key/finger/socket. Blade/cutter height is what matters.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 10-07-2015 09:49 PM

The Dane is correct. He wins the prize today!
You can use any width you choose but the height of the cutter (whatever you choose to use) has to be the thickness of the wood.

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#7 posted 10-08-2015 02:04 AM

If you use a 1/2” square key on the table saw or router table, how will you keep the material flat on the table if it is cutting slots only 1/4” deep?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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