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Forum topic by gsff19 posted 01-11-2013 09:38 AM 1660 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-11-2013 09:38 AM

Hey guys,

I want to make some nice finger boxes. I ordered a jig from wordsmith store .com. I’m having trouble figuring out how to make a bottom and lid. I get the concept of the joints but not the top or bottom. Little help please. And if someone has experience with the jig kit and plan from woodsmith store I’d appreciate it.



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#1 posted 01-11-2013 12:39 PM

I bought the Porter Cable dove tail jig. After reading the instructions dozens of times i threw them down grabed some scrap and went to work. After about 12 ft. of wood and a hundreds cuts i finally got one to work. Rabbited half blind dovetails on drawers look nice. But what a hassle the first ones were. My only advice is get about 12ft of scrap!

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#2 posted 01-11-2013 04:05 PM

Greg, I don’t know what a “finger box” is but I can give you an outline for making a box.

Prepare the material and cut the finger joints and assemble the four sides, glued and squared up.

With a rabbeting bit, rout rabbets for the top and bottom.

Square the rabbets or round over the corners of the top and bottom

Glue them in.

Cut the box open on the table saw, four passes.

Note: For the latter process, I like to set the saw blade height so it doesn’t quite cut through. That way the box stays together through the TS process. Then I handsaw it open.

I hope this gets you started. One warning: It’s a lot of fun.



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#3 posted 01-11-2013 10:02 PM

For box joints, stopped dadoes work best. I use doug stowe’s method of setting up stops at the router table and running the pieces through. Properly done, you only need stopped dadoes on two of the pieces. The other two can be through dadoes.

I splurged a bit on the box joint jig and grabbed the incra ibox. Super easy and fun to set up and use.

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#4 posted 01-12-2013 02:39 AM

Greg, I built that kit thingy and hated it! It’s still hanging on the shop wall and makes me mad every time I look at it. I then built a MUCH simpler box joint jig which works great! I use stopped dados for the bottom of those boxes (done on the router table). For the lids, I like the overhang with Patron/Grizz wooden hinges.

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#5 posted 01-12-2013 02:55 AM


Can you send me the plans or instructions hoe you made your Jig?

Also thanks for the responses and if anyone has jig plans I’d love to see them. I’m a newbie and have a router and router table. Thanks.

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#6 posted 01-12-2013 03:52 AM

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