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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-31-2010, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
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Hi to all. I am just a beginner DIY enthusiast and am looking for a jig to cut box joints, using a router
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Get a cup of tea/coffee or beverage of your choice.

Enter - "box joints" in to the search box (including " ").

Read and digest.

Honestly there's a lot of info about box joints and jigs.

Enjoy.

Oh! Welcome to the forum.
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Although you do not say I am assuming Router Table jigs

Blowing my own trumpet here's mine - http://www.routerforums.com/show-n-t...box-joint.html
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As Titus suggests, there are numerous ways of creating box joints. To a large extent, the choices will depend on the size of your work pieces, and whether it's done with a hand-held router, or on a router table.

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Why box/finger joints? I do not think that they are strong, dovetails are better. I am not sure that they are aesthetic, hidden joints such as mitres may do a better joint. Having been a professional woodworker for over 40 yers, I made my first set of finger joints only last year, using an Incra fence jig. Previously I have made hand and machine made dovetails. There are plenty of different joints that you can choose. Make sure that you have the correct clamps for gluing up. I have found that the final joint is dependent upon situation and available tools. I really like the router for a number of reasons. You are only limited by what bits and jigs you have. There is always another way to get to what you want to achieve. Enclosed is a pic of my 100mm cube, box joint box in oak and an MDF box with mitre lock joints
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Hey Mike, I know you weren't asking me, but I for one really like the look of box joints.
I think it's a semi industrial thing that I'm attracted to in design. I like dovetails also, but prefer the square look of box joints. Dovetails seem a little pretentious to me, although I do see how they have a specific purpose in drawers for instance.

and.... there is some doubt whether dovetails are actually stronger than box/ finger joints

Dovetail vs. box joint strength
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I think it's a semi industrial thing that I'm attracted to in design. I like dovetails also, but prefer the square look of box joints. Dovetails seem a little pretentious to me.....
I agree with Gav.
Also for a relative novice a box/finger joint is far less intimidating.
I could probably turn out Dovetails but can't think why...
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I find the Woodgears guy brilliant, so much time and quality. I love his machinery and marble runs. I have found that if you glue and clamp wood, the joint becomes strong. My laminated guitar necks and longbows are testament to this, as well as my laminated chairs. Raw strength is not a great issue, but poor joints that have been glued are not neccessary strong. Being a teacher has given me an insight into construction, application,quality and strength. I find with some of my earlier jigs that there was glue starvation as the physical joint was so tight, so allowances have to be made. Dovetails give mechanical strength. My message was to discern why Benji wanted to make box joints with a router. Joints to make a box may not be finger joints. Just looking through the MLCS cat offer up plebty of joints and jigs for just starters. There is no direct criticism, just opening up the possibilites for all.
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Greetings Ben and welcome to the router forum. Thank you for joining us, and remember to have fun, build well and above all be safe.

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