Box Making Router Jig

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Project by rtbrmb posted 09-10-2014 10:38 PM 4589 views 14 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am not sure if I have seen a jig like this, if it’s a copy of someones I apologize. I wanted to come up with a way of becoming more efficient in my box building.

The base is a scrap piece of plywood ~12” X 40”. The oak cross slats, that the router rides along, are 3/8” tall. Those slats have to be as close to perpendicular to the base as possible.

I use a 1/2” shank 90^ V-bit in my DeWalt router and usually take 3 passes to get through the material. This jig allows me to put a 45^ bevel on multiple boards at once. The jig clamps to my workbench & I went to HF to get the deep throat clamp that allows me to clamp the inner board.

Instead of cutting through the entire board, I can cut just slight of going through which allows me to wrap the grain around the corner like the 5th picture here

I find that it works really well, but I should have allowed for thicker material as this jig will allow only for material ~9/16” thick.

Any questions, let me know.

Thanks for looking.

Bill in MI

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#1 posted 09-11-2014 05:21 AM

Bill, this looks like a great idea. It should work on thinner material for sliding trays inside the box as well. I can’t tell for sure, but if you have a stop of some kind, you can get the sides to exactly the same length.

Your jig should give very accurate cuts. In the interest of sharing thoughts, I decided to make a jig for the table saw to speed up my box work. It makes all 8 end cuts in about five minutes or less after you get the hang of it. This is what it looks like.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 09-11-2014 10:59 AM

Looks like a cross between my soffet jig and a scarf joint sled.

I wouldn’t say it’s copying anyone in particular like most jig’s this was made fro a certain task or rather a task the way the builder chooses to do the job.

I do like how you use it to wrap the grain. In fact I like everything about your wine box.

I think it’s nice when people post the outcome of the jigs they make. So rather than having to try and guess how one uses it, we can see the outcome first hand. Makes for a pleasant read.

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#3 posted 09-11-2014 11:40 AM

Great idea Thank you.


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#4 posted 09-12-2014 02:46 AM


Thanks for the comments. It will work on smaller stock as I have used it to make 3 router bit storage trays (~3/8” thick) that I will share on an upcoming project. I don’t think it needs a stop as I have had luck just lining up the ends of two boards & they come out exact length.

A few years back I tried a jig similar to yours and I could never get the accuracy I was looking for so I cut bait and moved on to other methods that eventually landed me here.

Bighurt & Dutchy- thanks for your kind comments as well.

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#5 posted 09-12-2014 02:16 PM

Great idea…looks like it certainly makes it much easier to do up a box!

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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