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  1. #1
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    Default How I cut box joints with a router

    This is how I cut box joints for my hive bodies using a router with a pattern bit (Freud bit number 50-102 purchased on Amazon) and a box joint pattern as shown in the July/August 2012 issue of ShopNotes magazine. I made the pattern long enough to cut box joints for supers on one end and brood boxes on the other end which I made the fingers different sizes. It works great and I did not need to make any adjustments. One advantage is that lumber that is slightly cupped can be flattened with a a clamp and then the box joint cut.

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    Default Re: How I cut box joints with a router

    Very nice! Looks Great!
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    Default Re: How I cut box joints with a router

    Awesome! They look great!

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    Default Re: How I cut box joints with a router

    impressive. I wish I had the skill, the equipment and the wood shop for doing such things. -js

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    Default Re: How I cut box joints with a router

    Is it possible to scan the article from the mag. and put in in here? I looked on their site and couldn't find an area for back issues.

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    Default Re: How I cut box joints with a router

    How do you clean out the round corners in the bottom of the cuts?

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    Default Re: How I cut box joints with a router

    Quote Originally Posted by Fishman43 View Post
    How do you clean out the round corners in the bottom of the cuts?
    Actually you route all the way through the board into a piece of 1/4" masonite so there are not round corners. Since you are routing from the end grain of the board it gives you a nice square cut.

    I tried doing the box joint on the table saw, but it is more difficult for larger boards and my dado set only cuts up to 13/16 of an inch maximum. With the router and the template, you can route any size box joint you need. My fingers on the box joint are 1-5/8" wide for the brood box and 1-5/16" supers.

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    Default Re: How I cut box joints with a router

    Quote Originally Posted by jamneff View Post
    Is it possible to scan the article from the mag. and put in in here? I looked on their site and couldn't find an area for back issues.
    I would like to do that but I am sure there are copyright issues that would get me into trouble. Maybe a library in your area would have a back issue or they could get it inter-library loan. I believe ShopNotes also has back issues for sale.

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    Default Re: How I cut box joints with a router

    How do you incorporate the frame rest?

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    Default Re: How I cut box joints with a router

    Quote Originally Posted by westernbeekeeper View Post
    How do you incorporate the frame rest?
    Good point. I intend to use a rabbet bit with a bearing to router out the frame rest. just have not got around to it yet.

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    Default Re: How I cut box joints with a router

    If you can't scan the article then just put all the measurements on here. Shouldn't be to hard to figure out from there.

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