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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-07-2012, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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I have been reading and researching a bit about the Incra I-box Jig. I wondered has anyone on the Forum ever seen or used one. I watched the video on You Tube, and it was pretty impressive.

I am interested in making some box joints and this looks like an easy fix for me. I am new to wood working, but trying. I find I make a lot more mistakes than good projects.

Hope some one has used one or knows more about them than I do. If this subject has been posted before, I missed it as I can't spend as much time at the Forum as I would like.

Thanks for any forth coming information.

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It works a treat, follow the setup and cutting procedures as instructed and it's virtually bulletproof.

I use mine on a table saw, no tearout to speak of and setup time is about half the time it took me to setup my "former" jig.

The "kiss" approach really works well, throw any blade in the saw, setup the Ibox and get to work.

Typical Incra quality and accuracy.

For kicks, using my rip blade, I tried out some 1/8" fingers on 1/4" ply, lots of cuts but the joints came out great. One does need a flat ground blade to get it "perfect", however, Freud glueline leaves a rounded kerf bottom on blind cuts.
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why are you not using your router?
From what I saw in the video , either a Table Saw or Router may be used.

Relax, don't get your saw dust all twisted down there ! ( Saw Dust is Saw Dust ! )

We all need to work as a 'team' , if we are to make saw dust !
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I haven't used it myself, but I know the inventor and he took the time to show me how it worked. He is an North Carolina Woodworker, Inc member and I am as well. It is a very versatile jig that can be quickly set up for either router table or table saw use and any width box joint from 1/8" to about 3/4" (if my memory is correct). I will be getting one, but probably not until later this year. When it finally happens I'll post a review, if no one else has before me.

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I haven't tried it either but box joints although simple enough take a while to do. I'm sure that the jig will be much easier. I spent a day building a fancy jig (I now see that someone else built one and put it on Youtube). The jig looks great and is very adjustable. The problem is that it takes for ever to set up and I can never remember how to use it.
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why are you not using your router?
Just my preference.

I like the "linearity" of the cutting action over bit rotation for this particular joint.

If you always use the same dado blade, once the “kiss” is done all one has to do is turn a knob to set any width of finger (within the limits) by dialing in a practice cut.

A change in joint width on a router would require a new kiss and I find it a little more difficult to find top dead center of cut on a router bit than simply kissing a tooth on a table saw blade.

Work surface on my table saw is larger, nicer to work on and a little more quiet, too.

Bill Huber uses his Ibox on with this router table setup, looks pretty good for those who prefer to spin cut the joints.

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I spent a day building a fancy jig (I now see that someone else built one and put it on Youtube). The jig looks great and is very adjustable. The problem is that it takes for ever to set up and I can never remember how to use it.
Yep, that’s similar to the one I made and used for years, fine adjustment is great but one still needs to figure out the initial setup, the Ibox is much easier to dial in…. it’s almost embarrassing how easy it is.

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I followed posts from guy on Sawmill Creek, brilliant concept.
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First, thanks to all who posted. I am still in the learning stage of any and all wood working, so advice is appreciated.

Thanks agin.

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Paul, my dado and box blades are by Oshlun, nice setups at reasonable prices if you're in the market.

I see no reason whatsoever not to use a router table except perhaps for the bigger fingers approaching the 5/8"-3/4" size where hogging out the material might be a bit much.

Shoot, you oughta' get that jig booted up asap, it's a joy to use.
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Here is a decent review.

Mine is scheduled to ship on Monday and hopefully the South African customs won't delay the clearing process.
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sounds to me that you are the one getting all twisted!

I purchased the jig (ibox) it has arrived (a week ) ago still have not set it up.
If I want to use it on my TS I have to buy a better dado blade (more $$). Purchased for my router table but it seems that more people use it on their TS -- I was and am just gathering opinions.

So neitsubota you can now untwist your sawdust where ever it is. Please do not post unkind comments to or about me.
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It was NOT meant as a "unkind" post !

You are reading too much between the lines in my post.

Sorry if "you" took it the wrong way !

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