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https://woodworkingformeremortals.co...box-joint-jig/

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I like Steve's videos. He does a great job showing how to do a lot without a lot of expensive tools


Plus he is just fun to watch

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I made one similar to that but not knowing any better at the time I made it for a specific size finger instead of just picking a set number of dado blades. Trying to dial in a dado stack to a specific thickness can be a pain in the butt, especially when a few thousandths off makes a difference. I finally replaced it with an Ibox jig which adjusts to the thickness of the stack you are using instead. If you plan on making a lot of joints and think you might want to use different size fingers for different projects then it's a good investment.

By the way, the same jig can be used to make home made dentil mouldings.

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Devil's in the details Dept: I like the idea of using the stock miter gauge, BUT you'd best use an engineer's square or a good 90 degree triangle to make sure the gauge is 90 to the blade. Small angle errors on box joints will drive you nuts.
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I made one similar to that but not knowing any better at the time I made it for a specific size finger instead of just picking a set number of dado blades. Trying to dial in a dado stack to a specific thickness can be a pain in the butt, especially when a few thousandths off makes a difference. I finally replaced it with an Ibox jig which adjusts to the thickness of the stack you are using instead. If you plan on making a lot of joints and think you might want to use different size fingers for different projects then it's a good investment.

By the way, the same jig can be used to make home made dentil mouldings.
Here are some shots of my original jig about 20 years ago but I used it for many years until I won a forum competition and received as a prize an Oakpark jig.., a few shots of this jig is also shown.
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I've made a bunch of them, for different sizes of box joints, and to replace the ones that I was not totally happy with. Then I bought an Incra I-Box jig, and after using it a couple of times I'll never go back, so all of my shop built jigs became fire wood.

Yes, the I-box jig is expensive, but it saves so much time in setup and use, and does perfect box joints so easily that it has been well worth buying. I have posted photos of some of my boxes and close-ups of my box joints made using the I-Box jig and Freud SBOX8 blade set. Do a search on my posts, if interested.

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Tough to beat the Incra table saw and router table fence systems with the master template set. I have Incra fences on both my saw and router table and have used them for years.

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