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Australian Woodsmith 10th November 2021
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“Smart” Box Joint Jig Helper

Making box joints at the table saw calls for the use of a specialised box joint jig that often has a tall auxiliary fence to support the workpiece. The problem with having a tall fence is that it requires you to bend over the table saw after every pass, straining your neck and back to see the workpiece and index it over the key. This can really take its toll on your comfort when you’re making multiple box joints.

To avoid this situation, I decided to let technology help me out by using my smartphone’s camera to aid in positioning my workpiece. But I couldn’t just set my phone on the table saw without some kind of support. So I made the cradle shown here to hold the phone.

Simple build. The cradle consists of a piece of plywood sandwiched between two pieces of Masonite and glued together. A couple of rare-earth magnets epoxied into holes in the bottom hold it in place. My phone is also in a protective case, so I sized the cradle accordingly.

 

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SAFETY IN THE WORKSHOP Safety devices, such as riving knives, guards on table saws and guards over router bits have been deliberately left out of the line drawings in Australian Woodsmith projects in order to make them easier to follow. It goes without saying that where safety devices have been supplied by the manufacturers you should use them. We encourage the use of push sticks as good work practice.
    Exercise vigilance and the greatest of care when using power tools, whether stationary or portable. Keep all your tools sharp and well maintained. Wear protective eyewear, a dust mask and a hearing protector when appropriate. By limiting distractions and developing safe work practices you will go a long way to avoiding workshop accidents. So, work safe fellow woodworkers.  -Editor
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