Large Box Joints (DIY Project Download)

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I think given the type of wood you are describing, large finger joints would be a great look, maybe even pin them with some contrasting wood. I’ve seen lots of good advice given on here so I’m hoping I can benefit from everyone’s insight on this matter. I love box joints and am going to use them for a coffee table. My son wants box joints or finger joints on the top corners of his night stands. Something like the large dovetails often used on blanket chests, but without the angles of the tails.

large box joints 2Make precise, tight-fitting box joints with your router! Rockler Woodworking and Hardware Box Joint Router Table Jig. Easy, square boxes, large and small. The new XL Box Joint Jig allows do-it-yourselfers to use stock lumber to make large projects such as toy boxes, clothing chests and storage trunks with consistently machined finger joints that are both precisely constructed and decorative in appearance. Great for making interesting interlocking joints for the many little boxes I make.

A large part of furniture making boils down to joining pieces of wood to make boxes. A box joint is a simple alternative to the dovetail. 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. In this video I show how you can build a box joint jig that can cut any size joint with a single blade.

Rockler Router Table Box Joint Jig

The Large Box Spline Jig is easily clamped to mitered box joints in order to cut slots for a wide variety of decorative splines with a handheld router. This is particularly useful for large boxes that are difficult to handle on a router table. There are lots of jigs on the market for making box joints and there are also classic tablesaw and router-based methods. I usually use my Incra fence system on the router table, but I have a large shop cabinet in build, want to do box joints, which requires a more stable work piece. Although the finger joint is not mechanically interlocking like a dovetail, the joint is amazingly strong. Today’s modern adhesives and the large glue surface make the finger joint equally as strong as the dovetail throughout the life of the adhesive. The results were great, pretty much perfect fitting box joints straight off of the tablesaw. I think this may be a really helpful jig for a lot of woodworkers like myself who have no dado set, but still want to create strong joints on the tablesaw very quickly. While similar to the more elegant dovetail joint, box joints are more easily fabricated and actually provide a joint of superior strength. The larger boxes in this picture were all done that way. I purchased a router table jig at Rockler to make box joints.

Box Joints

This is the third table saw box joint jig I’ve made. The first one was for a dado blade and was something simple and temporary. I made the first cut slightly oversized on a large panel with a circular saw.