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Forum topic by Bowtieguy posted 10-10-2014 02:30 PM 1159 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bowtieguy

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10-10-2014 02:30 PM

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Hello.
I am very new to woodworking and when I cut box joints I like to have even joints. I always seem to pick the wrong size ones that leave me a little part then have to carry it to next board. Is there a simple way to know what width of of cut to use with what size board? I know this is simple to most of you but I am just BANGing my head on my saw every night. PLEASE HELP


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#1 posted 10-10-2014 02:43 PM

I limit my box joint sizes to 3/8, 1/2 or 5/8. That means if I want even spacing my box width need to be a multiple of one of those sizes.

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#2 posted 10-10-2014 02:52 PM

I think is just a matter of proportion and whats pleasing to the eye. I usually go with larger box joints for thicker and larger wood and or larger projects,as an example a small jewelry box with 1/2” thick material I might do 1/4” box joints ,but a blanket chest I might have1” box joints.

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#3 posted 10-10-2014 03:50 PM

It’s like Gene said. Before you decide on the box size select the box joint size then size your sides in in some multiple of that.

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#4 posted 10-11-2014 01:36 AM

I agree totally with Gene on the box layout/planning.

Personally, I prefer the slim, rectangular look over the square box joints so I almost always use 1/4” box joints but I LOVE the look of 1/8” box joints (they leave little room for error when cutting them!). They are particularly cool with contrasting woods.

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#5 posted 12-07-2014 06:36 PM

Thanks a ton. I did make a layout kit for all the sizes I plan on doing and it worked out so much better. Ty

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#6 posted 12-07-2014 10:39 PM



I agree totally with Gene on the box layout/planning.

Personally, I prefer the slim, rectangular look over the square box joints so I almost always use 1/4” box joints but I LOVE the look of 1/8” box joints (they leave little room for error when cutting them!). They are particularly cool with contrasting woods.

- gfadvm

I like the look of 1/4” also…...Thinking of a 1/8” set up!

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#7 posted 12-08-2014 12:03 AM

I’ve always made my box joints the same width as the thickness of the lumber I was using. May not apply to every singles situation, but most of the time.

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