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Yesterday I finished my first Jig, ( Box Joint Jig) (see attached pictures) still need a couple of minor tune ups that I didn't realized untill I started cutting the joint fingers of my first box ever. I did use some scrap of red oak that was on my garage for a couple of years, it measure 5 1/2" on each side by 4" tall. I used polyurathane gel as a protective finish. I'm really happy with the final results of the box, I know I can do better than that, but I think is not that bad for a beginner like me.

I will appreciate any comments that could help me improve me techniques.

Alonso

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"redwood"?....did you mean Red Oak ?
The joints look fine as well as the jig that you made ! Did you design it yourself or make it from plans ?
The fingers ended up perfect from top to bottom …very nice indeed : )
 

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Very Nice Work!

What is the purpose of the blocks on the far end of the jig in picture 4?

(I had a joint box but someone liberated it from the party van one night ;^) )
 

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Dusty lol at me….. what I was thinking….??? yes some red oak… and the jig is part of one of the plans from woodmagazine and the fingers were cut with a Freud S208, I love those blades….

Lew Those block are to hold different sizes of index pins, that way is just a matter of a few seconds to change between pins.
 

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LOL , thanks for the info !

I got a chuckle out of their title and description as follows :
Box-Joint Jig Plan with a penchant for precision…..Measures aproximately 26"long. I guess they don't use spell checker either ! LOL
 

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good job
 

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Alonso, Nice job on the dovetails.

The comment " a penchant for precision" is a bit of a joke when they reference the cut off the table saw insert. I've yet to see an insert that was level with the table. The same applies for router table inserts.
 

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very nice box joint! looks very clean… not sure how you could make it any better?!? lol.

and a great jig- you'll appreciate this one everytime you do box-joint joinery…
 

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Was that a single blade ora dado blade with a narrow width set up ? So very nice indeed I have the incra ultra it makes great box joints too.Alistair
 

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Thanks all for your comments.

PurpLev I think it could be better without any tearouts or splitters ( see pic 1 bottom left hand side of the box) even with my zero tolerance insert, still I got tearouts…..

Alistair That was my Freud S208 stack dado blade 1/4"
 

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I have not made a box joint as yet. but gosh hope I can do as well as your first try. looks perfect to me. thanks for all the info.
Evie
 

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looking at the jig - I'm not sure if it's the photo, or the jig, but there seems to be a hairline difference between the masonite backer board, and the rest of the jig- if the masonite is indeed 'indented' in the fence, than there could potentially be some gap behind your cut piece, which could lead to tearout as the back is not fully supported (tightly) - try shimming it, and make sure the box part is fully supported behind the cut - it has nothing to do with your zero clearance plate which helps chipping on the horizontal surface (the chipping seems to be in the vertical line) - in this case, your box joint masonite fence IS the zero clearance insert - so just need to make sure it support the piece properly.

makes sense?
 

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Evie Thanks for you positive comment

PurpLev Totally makes sense, in fact yes, there is a tiny gap between the hardboard backer and the rest of the jig (about 1/32" or 1/16" gap) thanks for that great info, I'll post the results after fixing the little gap.

Thanks PurpLev
 

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A great looking jig. Looks like a nice job.
 
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