Over sized box joints

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Forum topic by BigRich posted 11-02-2011 05:32 AM 839 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-02-2011 05:32 AM

I am getting ready to build a small log cabin doll house. I am wanting to use box joint construction on the corners
but they are going to need to be about 3/4” wide by 1’ high. wanting other input as to the best way to remove this much wood. Thanks

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#1 posted 11-02-2011 02:48 PM

Big Rich – I would use my table saw. First thing, I would attach a wood face onto my table saw miter and notch out an area that would be the same distance from the saw blade as my joint would require.Then insert a pin into the cavity. After cutting out the 1st pin hole, place the cavity over the pin in your temporary wood miter face.

I’m having a hard time describing the method, but I did this on a small scale to make some molding. It worked great. I needed molding with equally spaced notches cut into the length of it. With a dado blade, I cut the 1st notch and placed it over a pin I had sticking out of my wood face on the miter and kept it going. Cut the 2nd, placed it over the pin, cut the 3rd…

Hope this helps and good luck!

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#2 posted 11-02-2011 03:07 PM

What tools do you have?

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#3 posted 11-02-2011 03:27 PM

I have a pretty complete shop of tools. A lot of them are older and even vintage, restored tools.
Table saw, band saw, router, miter ect….

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#4 posted 11-02-2011 04:31 PM

Bernie’s suggestion is they way I’d go about it.
I’d use a a 1/2” (or thinner) stack and make two cuts per “finger” slot.
This would require that your pin be the same width as the dado blade, so you would be able to slide the work to get the 3/4” you require.

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