Jig Box

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Project by GrainTrain79 posted 09-07-2009 07:57 AM 2538 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took my birthday money to Woodcraft and got a dado set and this jig. This was my first woodworking project with my Rigid TS3650. I love it! It may be some time before I start on dovetails! I drove a 1/4 dowell down each corner and it’s not going anywhere.
The jig is precision extruded and machined aluminum…. and comes in a cardboard box. That wouldn’t last a year in my garage—- So I made this box.
I made it of 3/4 hemlock. The only metal hardware is the brass hinges, clasps, and handles. The rest is pinned together with dowells (dang, screws are expensive). I stained it with whatever I had on hand (don’t remember). I lined it with green felt.
This was a practice project- intended as a rugged tool box from days of yore…. it’s not going to win any contests, i didn’t even sand all the glue off. But it keeps my ‘infinately adjustable’ jig from getting bumped out of tolerance! And there’s room to hold the included DVD in the box too.
I just joined LumberJocks this afternoon. Great site!

-- West Seattle, WA

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#1 posted 09-07-2009 12:55 PM

Hi and welcome!
I have one of those jigs. I’ve used it a couple of times… definitely a learning curve!
Nice work for a first box… mine has way too much space between the pins!
I too make a box (practice) to hold my jigs. It is a good idea for storage and keeping it safe.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 09-07-2009 12:58 PM

Very nice, it reminds me of wooden boxes that my Grandfather used to have in his workshop. You definitely hit on the days of yore!

-- Joanne, New York,

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#3 posted 09-07-2009 01:11 PM

you had me going on old box too ,
until noticed the handles .

looks real nice .

welcome to LJ’s .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 09-07-2009 02:43 PM

GrainTrain79—Welcome to LJ’s … I think you’ll find this site useful (and addictive!).

I have one of the Woodsmith jigs, and found it much easier to dial in using brass setup bars ( or ordinary keyway keys (

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#5 posted 09-07-2009 06:34 PM

Great Links! I will give those a shot.

When I use this for my next project, I think I will:
1. buy matte brass hardware, or genuine old hardware- easy to find in here in Seattle (thanks patron)
2. only glue the dowell, not the fingers… and do so sparingly. There’s no reason to ooze glue everywhere- it’s secure without it and is tough to sand off the relatively soft wood.
3. use the keyways to set up the jig. i’ve also got scraps ready to confirm to settings.
4. set the hinges into the box, rather than outside. I could do this by cutting a dado in the box and lid, rather than cutting a mortise with a chisel or router (which I don’t yet have).

Also I should get a packet of silica to put in there to keep it dry… the weather will stay rainy for the next 8 months here.

Thanks everyone for the tips!

-- West Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 09-07-2009 06:55 PM

Also when cutting the lid off with a table saw, be sure not to cut all the way through on the last cuts…. just cut 3/4 of the way through on the short sides, then finish the cut by hand. It could be bad to have the lid or box sitting between the blade and fence. Or find a bandsaw to use I guess?

-- West Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 09-08-2009 09:07 AM

indeed, welcome to Lumberjocks! You’ll love it here, I know I do. That is a pretty good box. Seems to perform it’s function well. :D

-- Turning perfectly good wood into sawdust and kindling since 1990.

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