Sorry, just got an ear worm. The next best method is at the router table but not everyone has the space for a dedicated router table. And, look elsewhere if you want to cut tiny box joint patterns: the smallest pin-and-slot pattern possible with this jig is 1/2″. The simple design of this jig creates a hassle-free setup for perfectly sized and aligned joints. Now to test the jig. Accuracy depends, in part, on this sled moving smoothly with minimal side-to-side play. It features a 24″ extruded aluminum fence with T-track openings that mounts to a table saw or router table miter gauge (not included). Dialing in the jig for use involves loosening and adjusting the aluminum stop arms and one of the top black supports, inserting the appropriate setup block, spreading the stop arms to fit the setup block and retightening some screws. I removed the fence from the router table. Each subsequent slot cut involves unclamping the jig, fitting the stops into the previous slot, and re-clamping the jig before cutting.

The new Incra IBOX box and finger joint jig. Plus, the 4556 will cut the largest box joint patterns of any jig here, up to 1-9/16″. Let me know if this helps. My lumber cart is looking a bit anemic, but this box joint jig shouldn't require a lot of material to make. Video. Compatible With: Table saw, router table The simplicity of this design and its ability to cut a wide range of slot sizes makes this jig attractive. The I-Box works equally well on a table saw or router table, and its variable split-pin design will enable it to cut any pin-and-slot pattern you choose, from 1/8″ up to 3/4″. INCRA’s I-Box uses a unique dual-pitch lead screw “positioning engine” that reduces the variables that impact a box joint fitting together too tightly or loosely.

Thanks also to quick setup, you’ll be making box joints in less than an hour.

great posting! Leigh includes a 3/8″ straight bit with the standard kit, so you can cut either 3/8″ or 3/4″ box joint patterns, plus many sizes of through and half-blind dovetails with other included bits. The other is used to basically eliminate any space and will allow the router bit to cut a hole in the end of a board. Regardless, it’s very important that the miter gauge’s bar slides in your table saw or router table’s miter slot without side-to-side play. I found a chunk of 2 x 4 and used it as the back fence and ran the router blade up to it. This style of joint-making template isn’t new, and many dovetail jigs use it.

I've seen some people secure right angle wedges to the back of the fence to keep it square. So, rather than passing the jig and workpiece over a router table or table saw to make the slot cuts, you use a handheld router equipped with a 3/4″ O.D. It meets my needs, and that is the whole purpose. You’ll need to buy accessory bits for routing 3/32″ or 3/16″ box joints. Woodworker's Journal Adirondack Lawn Chair Plan - Reprint, Woodworker's Journal 25 Jigs and Fixtures, CD, The Way to Woodwork — Mastering the Table Saw, DVD, Civil War Officer's Chair Downloadable Plan, Ultimate Miter Saw Stand - Downloadable Plan, Woodworker's Journal September/October 2014, Make a Table Saw Zero-Clearance Throatplate, Woodworking | Blog | Videos | Plans | How To, Order Woodworking Plans, DVDs and Supplies. You can build them from scratch, with all sorts of whiz-bang adjusters, and pay next to nothing!” Yep, you folks are right. The jig will mount to any miter gauge with fence holes in it by screwing a scrap facing to the gauge for retrofitting to the 4555’s connecting bolts. But keep in mind that not every woodworker enjoys designing or building jigs. Web / Phone: / 888-804-6272. I will be following you for I also born 1945… This is just the plans I have been looking for....thanks , another old guy. It consists of a thick aircraft-grade aluminum template with a pattern for cutting dovetail pins or box joints along one edge and dovetail tails along the other edge. That flexibility can help you produce a balanced joint pattern on a wide variety of workpiece widths. I found a piece of 1/4" wood from which I ripped a strip to act as a runner in the track already in the table. 1 year ago. The jig’s construction is stout: a 12″ aluminum slotted track serves as its spine and the connection point for a pair of included workpiece clamps, melamine-coated sacrificial boards, top supports and the adjustable stops. Compatible With: Handheld router 80 ($0.34/oz) Make sure the miter slot on your router table is within 4-1/2″ to 6-3/8″ from the center of the router bit; more or less span will exceed the base’s range of adjustability. Another brilliant Leigh innovation is the “eBush” guide collar, required for use with the jig. Street Price: $119.99 Made of angled aluminum and piggybacking one another, one pin registers one edge of a slot cut, and the other pin can be moved and set to index the other edge of the same slot cut — whatever width it happens to be.