A box joint jig is a perfect way to make tight, accurate box joints for you next project. A box joint is a good alternative to a dovetail joint, since the box joint creates a very strong joint without the complicated cuts required by a dovetail joint.
The best way to create a box joint is on a table saw or with a router. These tools are designed to create accurate, repeatable cuts and are used by professionals and amateurs alike. A box joint jig fits on the miter gauge of your saw and guides the work pieces through. The jig allows you to create the regular pattern of cuts required to make the interlocking fingers of a box joint.
Building A Box Joint Jig
A box joint jig makes it easy to create the accurate, repetitive cuts this joint requires. Your box joint jig will require a backer board to clamp your finished pieces to and a key guide which will help you line up your finished pieces for each cut. Here are the steps for creating a box joint jig:
Using Your Box Joint Jig
To use your box joint jig, clamp the joint-end of your work piece so that the edge butts up against the key guide. Make your first cut. Reposition your work piece so that the first notch fits over the key guide. Make your second cut. Repeat this process, placing the most recent cut over the key guide before making the next cut.
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