Screw Advance Box Joint Jig

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Project by Blackbear posted 04-13-2013 01:44 AM 8955 views 24 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My father and grandfather gave me a ton of old woodworking magazines. I’ve been browsing through them, trying to find useful projects, and stumbled across this screw advance box joint jig. I built it out of hard maple following the plans closely. The screw is a piece of 3/8” all thread from a big box store. The jig works well, although there is a ton of cranking involved. In one of the pictures you can see I wrote the number of turns per desired distance. For example, if you want 1/2” box joint fingers, you have to turn the handle 16 times (8 for 1/2”, 8 more to skip the next finger) for each cut. Times that by four sides and x number of fingers each side, that’s a lot of cranking. The face on the front is some replaceable plywood backing.

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#1 posted 04-13-2013 04:17 AM

which magazine and which issue?

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#2 posted 04-13-2013 12:15 PM

Add a rotating handle at the end of your crank, similar to the knob on a tablesaw wheel and that should make the turning less burdensome. Novel idea though and looks to produce a decent joint.

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#3 posted 04-13-2013 12:59 PM

Haha, the plans actually do call for that nowen1975, I just haven’t found one I like quite yet. I definitely think that will make the turning easier, but it is still quite a bit of turning!

revwarguy, if I can find it I’ll post back. That magazine is in a stack of 100 others!

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#4 posted 04-13-2013 03:56 PM

Looks like a nice jig. Would you post the plans or where to get them?

-- "There are three kinds of men. The ones who learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." --- Will Rogers

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Greg D

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#5 posted 04-13-2013 06:10 PM

Looks simple. Nice choice. Love looking through old magazines for new projects. Just the project I’ve been wanting to make.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#6 posted 04-13-2013 08:26 PM

You guys sent me off on a magazine organizing spree. I finally found the issue; Wood magazine issue 27, February 1989. Good hunting!

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#7 posted 04-13-2013 09:19 PM

Nice. I was just going to do this – literally two nights ago, but I have another project needing to be finished up. Should be super simple and very accurate. I was going to add some sort of hand wheel to ease the cranking a bit, and possibly add a gear clicker – I saw the clicker somewhere on woodgears…It might actually be used on his box joint jig, but I can’t remember which machine he used it on for sure. It just adds more precision and takes away the need for you to look at the marker as much.

-- Scott Rieman

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#8 posted 04-13-2013 09:48 PM

Great jig, thanks for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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Randall Sly

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#9 posted 04-13-2013 09:51 PM

may I suggest from fellow LJ kiefer to ease the turning struggles

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#10 posted 04-14-2013 01:04 AM

Sharp looking hand wheel. It looks a tad big for this jig; the handle on this one is only about 2 1/2” long.

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#11 posted 04-26-2013 12:02 PM

Blackbear, thanks for posting this. I used your photos & made one of these yesterday. Works very well. For the threadall & the nuts I’m into it about $4.50.

Great post.

-- _Moose_ Hooper, UT

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