Tablesaw Box Joints
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Tablesaw Box Joints A shop-made jig with micro-adjust guarantees perfect joints.By Tim Johnson Box joints are the savvy woodworker's alternative to dovetails.Strong, great-looking and quickly made, box joints are an especially good choice when you have a large number of items to produce.
To make them, you need your tablesaw, a miter gauge, a dado set and a simple shop-made jig (Fig.A, below).I'll show you how to build the jig and use its micro-adjust system to dial in perfect-fitting box joints.
Box joints have alternating pins and sockets.To fit together, one piece has pins where the mating piece has sockets (Fig.B).The challenge is to cut pins and sockets that are virtually the same size, with paper-thin tolerances for fitting the joint.
Fortunately, the jig can make paper-thin adjustments.It also automatically positions both pieces so their pins and sockets are correctly offset.Build a Crosscut Table Saw SledDesign Details Pins and sockets can be wide or narrow to suit your project.
To size them appropriately, you merely adjust the width of the dado set.For example, to cut 1/4-in.-wide pins and sockets, use a 1/4-in.-wide dado set.The blade's height determines the length of the pins and sockets.