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Joe Lyddon

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678 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: shopnotes variable variably spaced finger box joints jig julyaugust 2012 vol21 issue 124

ShopNotes Vol. 21 #124 … July/August 2012 Page 16

A very intriguing Jig…
I have been studying it now & then… It’s looking better & better as I read about it.

Has anyone here built it? If so, what do you think? Like it?

It looks real simple to make…

Who ever heard of Simple to Make Variably Spaced Finger / Box Joints?

Just curious… Thought I’d ask…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"


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harry1

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#1 posted 677 days ago

I don’t see the point Joe.

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ClayandNancy

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#2 posted 677 days ago

I built one a year ago, works great. I used the Shopnotes plan and the kit, didn’t take long to make. A little learning curve but once you work with it it’s a snap.

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#3 posted 677 days ago

Joe, I did not see a photo to comment. Is there one with your forum?............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 677 days ago

Jim, I didn’t post a picture of it… It’s on the cover of the latest issue July/August Vol.21 #124 ShopNotes.

Harry, the point is: There is a nice article on making said jig… Has anyone made it? Do they like it? etc. etc.

ClayandNancy: Are you sure you made the latest one… on the cover of the current issue? Looks NEW to me... have never seen anything like it before.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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AlanBienlein

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#5 posted 677 days ago

Do you mean something like this? I made these on my horizontal slot mortiser I just finished making.

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rustynails

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#6 posted 677 days ago

Get a I-Box…...

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 677 days ago

I guess not very many take ShopNotes…

... guess I’ll have to take picture of the Cover… & post it… LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Rick M.

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#8 posted 669 days ago

To me it’s a solution looking for a problem. If you want to make variable spaced box joints for decorative purposes (or out of boredom) that’s great but it defeats the point of box joints. It’s like making a decorative rabbet joint.

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 668 days ago

”If you want to make variable spaced box joints for decorative purposes”

Yes, that is the only reason I would do it… A different twist to an Old one…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#10 posted 668 days ago

“If you want to make variable spaced box joints for decorative purposes (or out of boredom) that’s great but it defeats the point of box joints. It’s like making a decorative rabbet joint.”

I think they look real nice…better looking and more decorative than standard box joints….what next? Variable spaced dovetail joints? I have an Akeda dovetail jig that can make variable spaced box joints as well as variable dovetail joints. I believe there are several options to achieve your desired results.

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 668 days ago

Greg, for the price of the jig, they SHOULD be able to make Variable Spaced any kind of joint it makes! LOL

This one, in ShopNotes, looks super simple / cheap to make… LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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JJohnston

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#12 posted 668 days ago

You don’t have to vary the size of the fingers within the same box joint, either. The “variable spacing” means you can make the fingers any width you like, and just save them for another project. I liked the jig myself, but there’s a minimum width of finger due to the hardware, so you’d have to come up with something else for a small box.

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AJswoodshop

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#13 posted 667 days ago

I cut my box joints on my PC 4212 Dovetail Jig. Works out great, I might make a box joint jig for my TS.

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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#14 posted 637 days ago

Joe, I too was intrigued with the Shop Notes presentation. That’s not the first time that idea was published, but I can’t remember where else I saw it.
The main limitation I saw was that it does not do 1/4” box joints because there is not a bit made to work like the article shows. Most of my small boxes use 1/4”, so I’ve been wondering how to do that with a jig like this.
I’ve also been working on a giant version, say 36” wide to cut box joints in some new tool boxes I’m about to make to replace the “test” boxes I did 25 years ago. I’ve concluded that if you are creative with the keys, you can do just about any type of joint that can be cut with a router. One of my pet peeves in box joint construction is the creep that invariably happens with multiple cuts using a single keyed spacer. This jig eliminates that creep making joint pairs that fit every time. Sizes bigger than 1/4” are very doable as long as you can get a top bearing for the bits that match the bit size. I’m imagining that you could even do angled joints, like for a hexagon if you get creative in ways not shown in the article. Lots of potential here.
Dan

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Joe Lyddon

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#15 posted 637 days ago

Yeah, one could use a 1/4” strt bit with a 5/8 guide bushing to get wide spaced cuts…

or

One could use 3/8” strips instead of the 5/8” strips & use a 1/4” pattern bit to get 3/8” box joints…
or a 1/4” srte bit and a 3/8” guide bushing… if they make them… (would have to check).

Don’t they make 1/4” pattern bits? ... they might be hard to do…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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