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Forum topic by startingfromscratch posted 08-06-2014 04:00 PM 1166 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-06-2014 04:00 PM

I’m looking to start making some small boxes with box joints.

Is there a consensus on whether most people use table saw and jig or router and jig? Easiest to get started on?


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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 08-06-2014 04:03 PM

I’ve used both. I find the TS is easiest to set up and use.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 08-06-2014 04:04 PM

TS & use a sac board to reduce the tearout

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#3 posted 08-06-2014 04:06 PM

TS jig is the fastest by far, probably easier to get started on too. If you’re building multiple jigs for different sized joints, mark your jig with which chipper and shims you’re using from your dado stack so future setups will be less take less time.

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#4 posted 08-06-2014 04:41 PM

I have the incra box joint jig and it works great on either.

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#5 posted 08-06-2014 04:46 PM

I use an Incra on a router table. I have a nicer one now but I started with the 100 dollar plastic jig and love it. The other options mentioned will do box joints faster and easier, but the incra opens up several types of dovetails. including cornerpost.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#6 posted 08-21-2014 01:29 PM

Doing them on the router can be nearly as fast as using a dado stack in a table saw IF you have a router lift that is adjustable from the top of the table. As you are startingfromscratch that seems unlikely. The ability to just turn a wheel to move the blade up & down makes it much easier. I started on the router because a straight router bit is MUCH cheaper than a dado stack.

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#7 posted 08-21-2014 01:38 PM

I have the incra box joint jig and it works great on either.

- Rugman01

I use this also but on TS only, I paired it with a 1/4” flat bottom blade from Infinity and it works great.

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities"

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#8 posted 08-21-2014 03:51 PM

Also depends on what size projects you are working on.

If you are making small boxes, for example, Infinity has a box joint cutter that will do 1”+ blade pass in one go if you have a router. With some good router travel, you could do much larger joints with an additional adjustment\pass.

I use an Incra Ultra Jig on a router table.

-- Brad, Texas,

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