Build­ing the box jig

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To cut box joints, start by build­ing a jig for your ta­ble saw. First, cut all your parts to size, in­clud­ing trim­ming the 1/2-in. square key stock, and then change your ta­ble saw blade to a 1/2-in. dado stack ( Photo

1). With the miter gauges in the miter slots, fas­ten the fence through the back of the miter gauges with 1-1/4-in. screws to make a sled. Clamp the plate flat against the fence and push this setup through the dado blade. Un­clamp the plate and glue a 3-in. length of 1/2-in. square stock into the cut you just made. Cre­ate a space be­tween the key and the blade us­ing the re­main­der of the 1/2-in. stock; this makes the pins and sock­ets the same size ( Photo

2). Clamp the plate to the fence.

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