Screw advance box joint jig

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Project by geekwoodworker posted 07-25-2014 02:54 PM 4283 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I already have a box joint jig ( but I find it hard to setup with more than 2 pieces of wood in it. I like Mathias Wandel’s ( design as it looks easy to setup and use. I have had his plans for a long time now so I decided to build it.
It is made from reclaimed pine and maple except the plywood for the base and gears which is birch ply but I already had that lying around as it was left overs from another project. I didn’t really make any changes to it except for the threaded nut used to advance the box. I used a peice of maple and threaded it (Mathias used a T-nut). I used my hammer drill to make the threads and then ran it back and forth a few times on hammer to make it a little looser. Lubed the threads with slip it from lee valley (,43415,43440). This thing runs extremely smooth and works perfect.
The plans called for 2 drive gears ( a 12 and 16 tooth) but I only put a 12 tooth on it cause in one of his videos he said he primarily used the 12 tooth.

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#1 posted 07-25-2014 03:43 PM

Cool! This is the first one I have seen built with Matthias’ plans, that he himself didn’t build. I just completed building a threaded rod version based on the one shown in this video:

However, I still would like to build a version of Matthias’. It’s faster to advance, that’s for sure!

-- Jason R.

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#2 posted 07-25-2014 08:22 PM

Here is my design of a box joint jig and is a lot simpler to build doing away with threaded rods and gears .
This jig is easely adjusted to a cutter and fine tuning is a breeze . you can also watch the short video .

-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 07-25-2014 11:15 PM

Sean, I to have Mattias’ plans for this but haven’t gotten around to building it yet. I am glad you went first and worked out any kinks :). Great job.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 07-26-2014 01:55 PM

Beautiful Jig!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 07-27-2014 11:54 AM

Thanks everyone.
Jason, that is the same box jig I originally built and I like it. However I like to cut all four pieces of a box at the same time and it really isn’t suited for that. Mathias’s is quick and easy to setup and use.
Kiefer I like your design. It looks easy to use and build.
Lee, you need to build this thing. You won’t regret it.

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