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Incra Ibox jig

by loiblb
posted 08-04-2016 11:06 PM


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KelleyCrafts

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#1 posted 08-04-2016 11:12 PM

Yes they are easy if you use it all the time. Forgetting just how to set it up is the problem. I’ve used mine for literally thousands of cuts. I made an out feed table with large pull out drawers with box joints and then 62 little boxes within that are all box jointed. It was a lot of work.

Do I think it’s worth it over building your own?? Yes and no. If you plan to use box joints in several sizes then yes, if not, then no.

I have moved more to hand joinery now days so I don’t really use mine anymore.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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Woodchuck2010

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#2 posted 08-05-2016 12:45 AM

I don’t really use mine. If you’re interested, I’ll sell it to you.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 08-05-2016 12:53 AM

As the guy above said, they are easy to use but remembering how to set it up is another thing. Mine came with a video that I use each time.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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ScottM

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#4 posted 08-05-2016 05:01 PM



As the guy above said, they are easy to use but remembering how to set it up is another thing. Mine came with a video that I use each time.

- Gene Howe

Same here…. Works well but don’t use it that much to remember how!

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CharleyL

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#5 posted 08-05-2016 09:13 PM

I use mine frequently, like every month or so. If you do this a few times and set it up for different box joint sizes, it becomes second nature. About 8 minutes is about all it takes me now to change sizes and be ready to cut. If cutting the same size joint, maybe with a different thickness of wood, but with the same blade, it takes much less than that. I rarely do dovetails any more, unless the appearance of them is important, and I have a Leigh D4R. Box joints are just so much easier to do with the I-Box jig and they are as strong or stronger than the dovetails.

Charley

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AandCstyle

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#6 posted 08-05-2016 09:48 PM

I have one and had a terrible time getting it set up for 1/4” so have never even tried a different size. I am probably a slow learner because I watched the video, called customer support and still don’t understand. :/

-- Art

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KelleyCrafts

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#7 posted 08-05-2016 09:52 PM

All 62 of my little boxes are 1/8” so it’s definitely possible. I didn’t say it was fun though.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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TheFridge

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#8 posted 08-05-2016 09:54 PM

If making box joints of lengths 6” or shorter, William Ng’s jig works great. He’s on YouTube.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Woodchuck2010

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#9 posted 08-05-2016 11:39 PM



I have one and had a terrible time getting it set up for 1/4” so have never even tried a different size. I am probably a slow learner because I watched the video, called customer support and still don t understand. :/

- AandCstyle

It’s too fussy and confusing. I did a couple of tests with it and didn’t care much for all the adjustments. It’s supposed to be easier, but I don’t think so.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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Kelly

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#10 posted 08-06-2016 12:14 AM

Another positive vote for the jig.

I find the thing to be far superior to most home made units. It does what it says it’ll do and it isn’t difficult to set up, if you use it regularly. Otherwise, a quick refresher gets you going again.

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SenecaWoodArt

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#11 posted 08-06-2016 04:18 AM

I have never had a complaint with Incra products and I own several. The IBOX is an outstanding jig in my opinion. I don’t use it a lot, but when I do it’s far superior to anything else I have tried. Money well spent in my opinion.

-- Bob

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playingwithmywood

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#12 posted 08-06-2016 04:24 AM

I have the IBox and like it but it does have some limitations on material thickness while I have never used this type of system it seems like it is a better option maybe https://woodgears.ca/box_joint/jig.html

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loiblb

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#13 posted 08-07-2016 07:59 PM

I just got my Incra I Box

Two things

Why does both spacers move as I turn the silver wheel holding the red wheel so it does not?
My cuts are too loose but board fits the spacers tight.

Why is the silver wheel magnetic?
Thanks

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RandyinFlorida

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#14 posted 08-08-2016 11:49 AM

own it, love it.

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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Robert

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#15 posted 08-08-2016 11:52 AM

Its like a lot of tools if you don’t use them much theres a learning curve each time you pull it out.

I don’t use mine very much so I keep the manual very handy!!

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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Fred Hargis

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#16 posted 08-08-2016 12:00 PM

I’ve used mine several times, and really like it. I do have to do a refresher each time, but it doesn’t strike me as a big deal. I used it for 1/8” fingers and found that to work well also, but it was a tedious process with all those tiny cuts.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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