Box Joint jig?

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Forum topic by Farrout posted 05-31-2011 06:16 PM 4976 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-31-2011 06:16 PM

I’m trying to make a box joint jig to use on the table saw.
I was able to cut a strip the width of the blade, but am having trouble
getting the spacing on the fixture.

Any tips?


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#1 posted 05-31-2011 06:45 PM

There are tons of plans for making these.

For proper spacing….most of the jig plans recommend you use a spacer….a small block cut to the size of joint you want (1/4”, 3/8…etc). As for the jig….This month’s issue (June/July 2011) of Woodcraft Magazine has a nice one that is adjustable for various size fingers…I was looking at replacing my old one with this….Typically all of them are essentially similar…but this one has the ability to switch out the finger guide to different sizes.

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 10:14 PM

If you have the time, it is always rewarding to make your own jigs and tools. That is certainly possible for a box joint jig.

However, if you do not have a lot of extra time (as is often the case with me), buying a jig can be a good idea.

I was once convinced that I could make my own jig to make wooden hinges. I worked one full day on that and never got a satisfactory result. Then I bought Incra’s Hingecrafter jig. It works great and I regret spending a whole day trying to avoid this purchase.

Here is a box joint jig that may be of interest to you. I do not own this jig. I do box joints on a dovetail jig with a router. Nonetheless, this jig may serve you well.

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#3 posted 06-01-2011 03:59 AM

If you do prefer to make your own jig, I’ve made a couple of these, pretty simple actually. Here is probably the best/easiest instructions for making box joints i’ve came across so far. I have used this method as we speak as I’m making box joints for my cabinet drawers for my garage right now.

Probably the longest part making it is getting the exact width of the dado blades so they are not too tight or loose, but just fit nice and snug.


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#4 posted 06-01-2011 05:06 AM

Here is a link to the ,freud box joint cutter set, with plan ,and jig instructions, PDF

Edit: Oh, Kevin same thing,but yours is bigger :)

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#5 posted 06-02-2011 10:55 PM

The most important thing learned is to have a rest for the pieces to ride on (a shelf on the fence) flatly. Never use the table as your bottom. Make sure the piece being cut is flat on the bottom and secure to the fence.
It is quite a thrill when you get the perfect box joint. You will be very proud of yourself.
Good luck!

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#6 posted 12-16-2013 10:24 PM

I have retired and am trying to do some woodworking. Have a bunch to learning to do. My latest is to do box joints. Ordered the Freud Box Joint blades. Look wicked. They do cut beautifully. Now I was in the process of making the jig outlined in the Freud instruction set. Problem was to mill accurate pins which are the key to making good accurate cuts. Decided that the best was to try and have a set of metal ones made. Submitted an order to They were very accommodating. I should get these soon. I am betting that this will be the best decision.

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#7 posted 12-16-2013 10:42 PM

I purchased the plans and made this one several years ago. It id a great jig, fun to build. Costs around $15 for the plan and hardware.

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#8 posted 12-16-2013 10:58 PM

Looked at your video. Looks great. I will try and build one. So much to do, so little time to do it.


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#9 posted 12-16-2013 11:30 PM

I built one from plans in shopnotes and a video made by simple designs Of Ocala. Laney shaughnessy 2 parts.

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#10 posted 12-16-2013 11:47 PM

Just to be clear, that is not my video, I just knew it was out there on Youtube. It is just an example of the jig I built.

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#11 posted 12-16-2013 11:57 PM

If you’re looking to be able to adjust the width of your box joints, here’s mine:

I made it from plans from a Woodsmith Shop book I took out from my local library (link to the book is in my project writeup). It works like a champ for all thinkable widths and depths of box joints in conjunction with my dado set. If a guy like me can build one like this, you definitely can. Best of luck!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#12 posted 12-17-2013 03:46 PM

The U-Tube Video serves the purpose well. I use anything I can legally use to serve the purpose at the time. No sense in re-inventing the wheel. I have a long list of woodworking things that I would like to do and this does not include trying to make a video, so I really appreciate the U-tube video’s and detailed plans that folks publish. I try to remember to thank the individual(s) who attempt to make my task easier.


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