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I have Bench Dog router table and had purchased the Oak Park 1/4 and 3/8 box joint jigs for it. Since more than likely if you are using other than an Oak Park table, you will have to set it up and drill holes in the top of your router table. It was suggested by another member that I photo this process for the benefit of others so here goes. It will take me a couple posts here to get all the photos loaded up. Note I am installing the 1/4 inch jig.

Here is a shot of my Bench Dog Router Table as it is:


Here I have installed the 1/4 inch router bit in the table I will be using. Since I don't want to use a good spiral bit cause I am testing this with mdf and some aspen I will use just a 2 flute straight 1/4 inch bit.


I now have the jig centered over the bit and I am going to use my router fence to help hold the jig in place here.


I now add the 1/4 Oak Park bar between the bit and the fence.


Happy with the position and everything looks good at this point so I add blocks and clamps around the router table to hold everything in place while I do my tests.
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Ok, now it is time to do some test joints. Here is the material I will use to test with. 1/4 MDF and some 1/2 inch Aspen.


I take the aspen material and clamp it together and use the 1/4 bar to offset the front piece.


Ok after a few adjustments back in and out here are the test joints. I am happy with how these look. They are good and tight but not to tight you can assemble them. I didn't quite have the bit high enough in the 1/4 material as you can see.



Ok, it's time to drill the holes since I like the set up. I am using a 1/4 brad point bit. I remove my fence since it will interfere in the drilling. I add a couple more pieces and clamps to hold everything in place since I had to remove the fence.


The holes are drilled and the bolts are placed in the jig. It is fine except due to the router plate supports being real close here to the holes I have to use nuts instead of the wingnuts.


Photo showing the new holes drilled in the top without the jig on. Nice clean holes!


Here I have removed the 1/4 inch jig and installed the 3/8 jig in the same holes. I added a 3/8 straight bit and slid in a 3/8 set up bar and slides just in behind the jig just right! I didn't make any 3/8 inch test joints.


Well that's it! Hope this helps others.

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I need to get off my butt and drill my table as well.
Nice job Corey and thanks for the play by play.

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Hey Corey

You did a great JOB

Now get Mark to place it on the FORUM where it can be seen by all that need it .

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Very informative post, I think I'm going to stick this one. Thanks Corey!

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Thanks guys! Glad it worked out and hope it helps someone else.

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Corey,

Nice job buddy! This will help many others that want to do this same thing.

You have become a real asset to Routerforums and I knew you would be from day one

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Thanks Bob and Dave!! I appreciate it.

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Corey,

I was thinking of getting the set of 3 jigs... 1/4, 3/8, & 1/2 which looks like a pretty good deal (based on your experiences).

Do you think you could have installed the 1/4" jig by merely using a space bar, bit, & jig... marking the holes and drilling them? During your testing, did you have to modify the way the jig was positioned?
I guess that once you setup one jig, all three work with the same mounting holes? If so, really a good deal!! Setup one, get three! Yes?

Would a straight bit work OK with these jigs (a spiral working better, of course)?

I think you did a great job illustrating your How-to... Thank you for putting it together!

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