|Forum topic by yrob||posted 03-09-2014 01:01 AM||1447 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
03-09-2014 01:01 AM
I recently acquired Doug Stowe’s book and DVD about box making. “Basic Box Making” is the title. It is a nice book full of cool boxes projects. In the DVD he shows in details how to do every single one of them. The key thing in all of these is that he relies on a number of well designed and accurate jigs to get the accuracy and reproduciibility needed. Using the miter gauge with a board screwed to it only carries you so far. So, I spend the afternoon building a number of the jigs. The crosscut cutoff sled, the miter cutoff sled and the miter corner cutting sled.
Mr Stowe has a unique way of making his sleds that guarantees an end result square to the blade.
I had struggled in the past making sleds using all sorts of harebrained schemes to adjust the fence to 90 and this method is foolproof.
The sled in the foreground is the miter sled which does cut 45 all the way. The one below is the cutoff crosscut sled and the smalller jig is the miter corner jig.
Tomorrow I am going to finish my first box using these jigs.