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Box-joint jig

Box-Joint Jig

Box-Joint Jig

We've always liked box joints, and here's why. They offer both strength and unique good looks. Although not as refined as dovetail joints, they can be cut on a tablesaw or router table using a simple shop-built jig. Not only that, but you can use a box-joint jig on virtually any width or thickness of stock. Our jig combines simplicity of construction with micro-adjustability. Interchangeable indexing pins allow you to cut box joints of any size without having to build a different jig each time.

As a convenience to allow you to view this free woodworking plan before downloading it, we now offer a page-by-page review. If you like the plan, you'll find a Click here for a free downloadable plan link on the last page of the plan. The downloadable plan will have larger, easier to view illustrations than the online preview.

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Comments (22)
reepaul62 wrote:

could not down load jig plans

3/13/2015 10:07:34 AM Report Abuse
waynerizor wrote:

Be very attentive and have a mic with you when buying 1/4", 1/2" or 3/4" plywood at either Lowe's or Menards. They buy stock that is anywhere from 1/64" to 1/32" under size so if you use standard size router cutters or dado stacks, the box joint will not work!!! Ibought a sheet of Lowe's plywood cut it up to size for my project then found it was undersize. I took the cut up plywood back and they gave me a refund.

3/12/2015 11:02:55 AM Report Abuse
gtolhurst wrote:

I just finished building this jig and made a slight modification - I made the miter gauge guides thicker so the jig rides above the table and I added a 1/8" thick hardboard between them that protrudes out the front about 1" - this gives your project a smooth surface to ride on when cutting thus avoiding possible misalignment bumps with table and throat plate.

1/8/2013 09:21:06 AM Report Abuse
john.gonser wrote:

To keep the adjustment equal to the test/locating pin, first cut a dado in scrap stock and then plane a stick of wood to fit. My benchtop planer does a fine job of it. Then write on the planed stick the combination of dado blades and shims it fits.

12/7/2010 02:35:53 PM Report Abuse
vinfonet2783638 wrote:

I read the intro to the article where it says box joints are great to cut on the table saw or router, so I said great, I want to make some small boxes on the router table. Trouble is, the article is directed at cutting box joints only on the table saw. So is there a work around or modification that would make the jig suitable to use on the router table?

11/24/2010 11:34:34 AM Report Abuse
oldsam100 wrote:

I downloaded the plans with no trouble and then I made the jig out of some Walnut plywood that I had no use for and everything works great . Thanks

11/24/2010 10:50:05 AM Report Abuse
kejuvy120577 wrote:

To download the plan as pdf ..... simply click on " print this"... at the bottom of the page that comes up there's a "download" button... I clicked on that and voila.... down it came! I was going to use "download helper", which makes pdfs out of any page you want to save.

11/18/2010 03:31:00 PM Report Abuse
locsmyth2002 wrote:

FYI you will need to save and Then open with PDF converter.

11/13/2010 09:10:44 AM Report Abuse
locsmyth2002 wrote:

Forsy look here:As a convenience to allow you to view this free woodworking plan before downloading it, we now offer a page-by-page review. If you like the plan, you'll find a Click here for a free downloadable plan link on the last page of the plan. The downloadable plan will have larger, easier to view illustrations than the online preview.

11/13/2010 09:09:31 AM Report Abuse
John Barton wrote:

Exellance jig John

11/12/2010 03:18:05 PM Report Abuse
john reed sr wrote:

why cain't i print the box joint plans.

11/12/2010 07:08:17 AM Report Abuse
plusaf wrote:

click download, then click VIEW rather than Save... worked for me, and THEN when it's displayed, save it FROM the Adobe menu bar. i got the same "damaged beyond repair" error when i tried the direct save and then view. :)

11/6/2010 11:22:14 PM Report Abuse
bradburyjp wrote:

I live in the San Diego area and have discovered a real nice supply of 60"x60" Baltic Birch in several thicknesses at TH&H...Unfortunately thay do not have smaller sizes... For that suggest Rcklers.

11/4/2010 11:58:16 PM Report Abuse
St Brenda wrote:

I get an error report every time I try to download this plan. It says the file is damaged and cannot be repaired.

11/4/2010 09:37:01 PM Report Abuse
garyhill wrote:

Baltic birch is available in a 60x60 sheet here at Middle Tennessee Hardwoods in Dickson, TN.Not sure if they ship, but they are a short 50 mile drive for me.

11/4/2010 09:35:45 PM Report Abuse
elfmanp wrote:

I love poor graphics that are so small you can't read them.

11/4/2010 08:32:05 PM Report Abuse
wb8nbs wrote:

For a different perspective on Box Joint Jigs, go to Shows the use of a threaded rod to advance the work precisely. My version is there also The lead screw gets around the cumulative errors you get with the registration pin method.

11/4/2010 07:40:59 PM Report Abuse
tenacrewoods wrote:

In Michigan & Wisconsin, Menards Home Center has Baltic Birch in 1/4, 1/2 & 3/4 inc. Not sure about other states.

11/4/2010 03:36:56 PM Report Abuse
Alan in Little Washington wrote:

This jig suffers like most, including the adjustable DIY Shopnotes and Woodsmith retail version. Replaceable indexing pins assume the dado will cut a notch EXACTLY the pin width which may mean LOTS of shimming and test cuts. Have calipers ready! Before you build this read "Putting the jig to use", you will see "Adjust or shim", "adjust the distance", "Test-fit the two pieces together. Chances are you'll need to adjust", "Test-cut scrap material until the joints fit." Help is on the way . . .

11/4/2010 12:33:42 PM Report Abuse
joesherr wrote:

I live in the New Orleans area. Lowes here has 3/4" 4x8 Birch Plywood that I think would be acceptable for this project.

11/4/2010 12:01:29 PM Report Abuse
Trigon wrote:

You probably won't find it at places like Home Depot or Lowe's. Check in your yellow pages for hardwoods and call them. They cater to cabinet shops, etc. You have a better chance of finding it there.

11/4/2010 11:21:42 AM Report Abuse
mingman202-misc wrote:

Too frequently plans and projects in this Mag call for the use of 3/4" x 48" x 48" or larger Baltic Birch plywood. I have yet to find such products in the US. Is there some secret stash that woodworkers find that isn't available? The largest I've found on-line is 30" x 30" with the rare 40" x 40".

11/4/2010 11:15:49 AM Report Abuse

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