Box joints....finally

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Forum topic by D_Allen posted 06-12-2012 01:20 AM 997 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2012 01:20 AM

Well, I think I have this figured out.
This is my first full thickness test piece. Lots of tweaking.
Actually, these were cut to half the thickness first and then the full thickness.
Some of the cuts show a step where something was not quite seated I guess.
With a little more practice, this may begin to look good.
Used a shop made router jig that slides on a drawer slide.

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#1 posted 06-12-2012 01:25 AM

Looks great! Dry fit I presume? I imagine it would look beautiful glued up and with a bit of planing/sanding.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#2 posted 06-12-2012 01:49 AM

Yeh, dry fit. Just some 3/4 poplar for testing. It needs about a 32nd more in depth.
But, now I need to make up some stock for sides of some display cases so I guess I need to finish the crosscut sled. So much to do! Thanks for the look and complement.

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#3 posted 06-12-2012 02:06 AM

ooh hey looks great. I fought with box joints quite a bit and will probably come back to it later.

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#4 posted 06-12-2012 02:38 AM

I think once you sand them down you should be very happy with them. Good job!

-- Bryan

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#5 posted 06-12-2012 03:18 PM

People say these are simple to do, I’ve never found that to be the case.

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#6 posted 06-12-2012 03:38 PM

I’ve been making boxes consistently for a couple of months now using mitered corners with keys. Box joints is something that I haven’t tried yet but am looking forward to it. I still have to make my jig. I hope that my first ones turn out this well. Congratulations. You seem to be getting the bugs out so we’ll be looking forward to seeing some of your boxes with box joints.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 06-12-2012 09:52 PM

It’s one of those techniques where you can make a box joint that is good enough for say some workbench drawers and then there are the ones that are for show boxes. The most important issue is to get the spaces to be exactly the same size as the slots. I don’t mean close. Close is what the ones showing are above. I will need to make a few more final adjustments when I make the box sides. You see, if there is a .002” difference, it gets added on each pass and depending on the width of the boards, you are looking at a lot of difference. That is why using a dovetail jig is much more accurate. It is a machined template and is more precise. I actually was making several adjustments to mine in the range of .002” to .01” to get this close. You also need to be sure the sawdust is removed from the guide pin area each time and be sure the ends are square and seated on the jig properly. There are a lot of things that can effect the cuts and one bad cut can ruin a piece of stock.

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