This is an interesting video on a simple method of making box joints on a router table. This guy is fearless and has a lot of personality! LOL
Charley, I am no good at working thos out in my mind: would i help if th blocks were a smidgeon wider than the router bit, e.g. by a strip of paper? Or would that just offset the cuts without altering the fit? The method look too enticingly simple to simply discard without attempting to fix its shortcoming.No jig, but he's using spacer boards the exact width of his router bit. It works great, except his joints are too tight for glue.
I read that and thought that reducing the shims slightly (or bigger) would result in a compounding error That eventually would cause the pins to not line up. But maybe if you used one shim that was slightly off size and then kept all the others the same size as the bit then that might work.Making the spacer boards a few thousandths wider than the router bit would increase the width of the pin, but the router bit and it's cut would remain the same size, so the joint would become tighter, or not fit at all. Reducing the width of the spacer boards by a few thousandths of an inch would narrow the pins and the router bit cut would remain the same width, so this should work, if all of your spacer boards are exactly the same width and just a few thousandths smaller than 2X the size of the router bit. The joints won't need to be pounded together, and there will be just enough room for the glue.
He isn't one of the more safety minded woodworkers either. I cringed when I saw him hand feeding the boards through his sliding table saw.
I’ve made a few boxes this way - so tight - no glue. Just the bottom and a lid top.Interest ing. It struck me that if the bottom protruded maybe 1/4" or so it would be possible to stack boxes. I have a few things that would work well for. And if glued the bottom in that might be sufficient to hold the box together, with no need to glue the joints. On the other than if you only needed a box for temporary use at one time they should stay together with just friction, and then could be taken apart and stored using less space until next time needed. Could drill a hole down thru each corner then glue a small dowel in.
Yes, when you get to that screen, just click on that link provided just below where it says that you can't watch it from there. The link posted on that screen takes you to the YouTube video.I can't view the video from here, it says to go to YouTube !