There are different types of boxes that can be made using your router. We already looked at one that can be glued together. Today, Bob Rosendhal shows how to make a box with joints that can fit together.
Place a 3/8-spiral bit in the router, with a brass ring. To get started, place a spacer fence on your router table. Bolt it down or clamp it down. Choose 4 pieces of wood and cut them down to the size of the box you want to make. Check for accuracy of height and spacing by taking two pieces of scrap wood, clamping them together and running it through the bit while pressing the edge against the spacer ridge. Mark the width and then place the wood on top of the ridge again and repeat. When you are finished, check to make sure the two pieces fit together.
Take a long scrap piece and run a groove in it, using a push piece. Place this block with the groove on the ridge of the fence and clamp into place. Adjust slightly with a hammer. Take your box pieces, find the face side and mark on the side. Line up an end piece against the scrap piece of wood, using a push stick, and run through the bit. Stop the router and take off the scrap wood. Then place hole on the spacer ridge and run again until you come to the other side. Switch to the next side and repeat with both pieces until both ends of the end pieces are complete.
Since the sidepieces are thinner, raise the height of the bit to the thickness of the end pieces plus the two sides on top. Clamp the sidepieces together flush and run through the bit, using a push piece. But only cut the ends, not the sides. When you are finished, place the sides into the end pieces and set aside.
To make the bottom, first make a mark on all the pieces where the bottom will go. Change the bit to a 1/8Ē spiral bit. Change the fence to the long thin piece with the hole down. Grab an end piece and line it up so the bit is centered between the first pin and the second pin. Lock the fence in place with the second clamp. Cut a groove on the side where you marked the bottom with both end pieces. For the sidepieces, you donít want to cut all the way through. Start and stop just before the end. Make a groove in each piece. Put the box together using a 1/8-inch bottom piece and place sides and ends together. Now, you are ready to glue! Have fun! Click here to join the Router Workshop!!