Playing with box joints

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Project by millzit posted 02-16-2012 01:28 PM 1603 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I actually made the box in pics 2,3,4 first. My homemade box joint jig had gotten ‘outta whack’. The further I went in making the joint, the further off it was. In other words, I couldn’t ‘flip’ the piece and get the joints to match up. I had the idea of making a box where you couldn’t tell which was the bottom or top. That came out ok, but I always leave the joints a little proud for sanding purposes…..then, I got the idea of making the joint proud on purpose with a little more definition, hence the project in pic #1. The stock is milled to 1/4” and the box joint is 1/8” proud. The material is American Chestnut and projects are unfinished in these pics. Projects are now finished and in some friends home, not sure who.

-- cut that out!

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#1 posted 02-16-2012 05:31 PM

Love the bat design. And the ‘log cabin’ look of the proud joints.

I recently had that happen with a current project. Somehow the jig went bad. Or so I thought. I was making a bad mess of the finger joints and took the jig off my saw. Found that the blade was ‘stuck. Took my saw apart and discovered a chip of hard maple had wedged into the lifting mechanism. It caused one of the metal lift gears to break a tooth. This threw the blade of about 1/32” which chewed up my jig and caused the fingers to be out by a factor of 1/32” (1st one 1/32”, 2nd one 1/16”, 3rd one 3/32” etc). Since this project has a very fast approaching deadline I managed to reset the sawblade about an 1” above the table and at 90 degrees. Untill my new gear arrive in a week or so I am limited to what I can do on the saw.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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