Boxes, boxes, boxes – just the thing for the F3 template

It is funny how some things happen. I needed to make some boxes. That is not quite accurate – I needed to make a LOT of smallish, rustic boxes. Size needed: less than 9 inches long, about 2.5 inches tall, and less than 5 inches wide. I was ready, with the Leigh F3 finger joint template in my arsenal; here are two of the prototypes, on dry fit:

Rustic boxes on the Leigh D4 F3 jig, using the F3 template.

For stock thickness of around 1/4″ to 5/16″, the 5/16-inch template area of the F3 was perfect:

The machining on the F3 finger joint template is flawless.

The two little boxes fit well on the D4, with plenty of room to spare:

The boxes sitting on the D4, with the F3 template in place.

I will show more of this work in a future article. I wanted to share with you as soon as the prototypes were done – the F3 template makes easy play of making these boxes.

The wonderful thing about this work: Sandy told me just tonight she has an order from our daughter for a large, durable box to store her knitting supplies to take to ice skating lessons, and to guitar lessons, while she waits for the girls to finish their lessons. I must get to that one after this large bunch of boxes is done!

Al Navas

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Comments

  1. says

    Al – how long does it take you to set that jig up? I would like to get that same Leigh jig, but these days, I am thinking that should just get proficent at hand cut dovetails. I used to have a plastic Sears dovetail jig a long time ago, but some of the plastic parts broke and I never replaced it :D

    • Al Navas says

      Jeff,

      These are not dovetails, but finger joints. It took me about six weeks of constant practice to become proficient at cutting dovetails by hand. But for finger joints I have *only* one solution, and that is the F3 template for the D4. The Super Jigs have the built-in capability to cut finger joints without additional templates.

      For finger joints using the F3: I can start from scratch, and in less than 5 minutes I start cutting the finger joints you see. This includes about 1-2 minutes to fine-tune the joint fit; each division on the e-bush allows adjustment of 0.002″ (2 thousands of an inch).

  2. says

    Good looking prototype. It begs a question. This bunch of boxes will be used for what?

    Now, if you were Thomas* all you would have for building these boxes is a couple of planes, a sash saw, a chisel, and maybe you could borrow a router plane from a journeyman in the shop.
    (* The Joiner and Cabinet Maker)

    • Al Navas says

      Thanks, Bob. People keep knickknacks in these, going back many, many years. Nothing fancy, just functional.

      I have the planes and the chisel, and the saw, too; but I must borrow the router plane. I enjoyed reading about Thomas and his development as a craftsman!