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Thread: A couple handy jigs for boxes

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2007

    A couple handy jigs for boxes

    I've been making some mitered boxes and was looking for a way to get more predictable results, so I did a little research and put together a miter sled and spline jig using various ideas from the web

    The miter sled is based on a Mike Pekovich design that simplifies achieving continuous grain wrapping around the outside of the box. He demonstrates the design and use in a FWW article and video. It's a "Members Only" article or I would post a link. It features solid workholding with an adjustable fence and stock clamp and an elevated deck that allows the offcut to drop away from the saw blade. Instead of shop made wooden stops with magnets like Mike's, I just used a couple Rockler flip stops running in T-Track. Mike's is mounted on a couple of Miter Gauges but I just attached a couple of Oak runners to the bottom of mine. The process involves working your way down the length of your board alternating sides: short, long, short, long. Once you get the hang of it, it goes really fast. It is very accurate and more importantly it is very repeatable. The workholding features keep your hands far away from sharp spinning stuff too.

    As a companion I whipped up this spline jig from some scraps. It's similar to the many variants you'll find on YouTube, sliding back and forth on the rip fence. I'm planning on another iteration with a larger back diagonal that will serve as a replaceable zero clearance backer for the cut. If I go slow I don't get any blowout now, but better safe than sorry.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Shenandoah Valley in Virginia
    Nice work... good ideas...
    Good photos also..

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2018
    Eagle, WI
    Thanks for sharing. Your pictures inspire me to upgrade my jigs.

  4. #4
    Thanks Rob. Appreciate the ideas and the pics.
    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
    - Sir Edmund Burke

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    I really like the box jig.....nice and simple straight forward.....maybe you could make a video of it in action cutting the pieces of a box....

    Excellent work looks like a project Id like to attempt to make a few Christmas gifts...

    I can sure make a mean pile of Saw Dust !!!

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