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Box Joint Construction

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Hi everyone, this is my first visit and my very first post on any forum.

I live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and although I make furniture my main area of work is re-finishing.

This is my problem, I have designed a coffee table that is essentially a box (approx.. 20"x40"x6")that sits on a pedestal. I would like to maintain continuity through the entire box (top, bottom, and sides) by using Box Joints to join the pieces cut from a single sheet.

After much research I have found many jigs for table saws and router tables. However, and I haven't tried this yet, I can't see how I can balance and maneuver a 20" x 40" sheet on a table.

So, is there any other practical way of cutting this joint at the end of a long board with a jig and hand held device?

Thanks in advance, Tony
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Thanks, I was unable to see the replies before now.

I took a look at the jigs that were suggested and came across a Kehoe Jig demo on Charles Neil's site. It looks interesting as it can be placed and clamped conveniently to the work. Does anyone have any practical experience using the Kehoe jig?

I was hoping that I could make a simple jig since this may be a one time project. I think gav's suggestion looks like a great candidate.
Adapting a Porter Cable box joint finger template sounds like a great idea.

Bob, in your reply you attached a link that shows a jig setup that is exactly what I need.
Are plans available for these jigs?

Thx TG
Thanks to all for the great input and suggestions. This is the 1st time I posted a question on a forum and the help has been great.

Thx, TG
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