Another Stumpynubs Box Joint Jig

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Project by RoodyJ posted 04-11-2012 11:55 PM 5917 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just saw William’s posting on the Stumpynubs Boxer and I wanted to also join the list of happy builders. Mine is made from MDF scraps and a few acrylic pieces I adapted to the design. The pre-slotted guide is acrylic cut on the jig itself, and mounted with three 6-32 screw studs for easy changing. The added stick-on tape on the side is a guide for measuring offset, variable spaced cuts if needed. My gears were created with more teeth than the design specified and laser cut by a friend who has an engraver/cutter. Thought this would add a little more accuracy to each turn of the screw. One thing I noticed on the jig that I had to fix (see detail photo) was that the repeatability was a little sloppy due to minor flexing and play in the hold-down screw and bearing. I just added a wood block and some nylon fence slide material to tighten up the thrust nut mounting and contact with the threaded drive rod. As long as I remember to use a backer when I cut the box joints to eliminate tear out, this baby really works well. Thanks Stumpy!

-- Jim, Maryland

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#1 posted 04-12-2012 12:42 AM

Cool.. Where do we find the plans at?

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#2 posted 04-12-2012 12:48 AM

Impressive jig!

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#3 posted 04-12-2012 01:14 AM

Here ya go David:

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#4 posted 04-12-2012 01:44 AM

Looks quite impressive. I like the use of the acrylic, I would think it should be more durable than wood.

Great Job!!!

Now, you really need to DO a JIG for your JIG!!

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#5 posted 04-12-2012 03:39 AM

Very nice

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#6 posted 04-12-2012 01:08 PM

I like the idea you had for adding the block next to the quick release! If you’d made the part that the rod passes through out of hardwood, it may not have been needed, but the hold widens very quickly with MDF and that is a problem. I highly recommend hardwood for that back portion of the carriage.

If you find the hole in that MDF wears too much you can fix it by adding a 1” thick block of hardwood on top of the hole and swapping the rod out for a longer one to compensate.

Looks fantastic!

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#7 posted 04-12-2012 03:55 PM

The crank handle is cherry. If I had more cherry scraps, I probably would have made the jig out of cherry. Could then have displayed it in my living room…lol!

-- Jim, Maryland

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#8 posted 04-12-2012 04:36 PM

You can strengthen the hole in the MDF with some CA glue. It works well when you have to tap threads.

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#9 posted 04-12-2012 05:53 PM

nice jig,Roody uve got it on my list behind the dove tail jig that stumpy has great build

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#10 posted 04-12-2012 11:41 PM

Dang. Now I have to paint mine to look that pretty.
Great job.
I like the acrylic gears. I may redo mine later in half inch thick plexi glass. I find that using the right blade I can cut plexi glass with my scroll saw.


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#11 posted 04-17-2012 02:07 PM

Very very nice build of the jig… love it

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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