How to Build a Simple Box-Joint Sled
The strength and style of finger joints come easy with the straightforward sled
Synopsis: Doug Stowe’s box-joint sled makes quick work of finger joints and it’s easy to build. It starts with a small crosscut sled for the tablesaw. An adjustable board with a hardwood pin glued into it is attached to the fence, and after it is fine-tuned to cut perfect sized finger joints, can be reused time and again with the same blade. Stowe shows how to make the sled and how to use it to cut test joints, fine-tune the fit, and make perfect box joints every time.
Finger joints, also called box joints, are incredibly strong thanks to all their long-grain glue surface interlocking finger by finger. But these joints have distinct advantages beyond strength. Once you have a jig set up, they are quite quick to make. And the pattern of end grain vs. side grain at the corners creates a pleasing visual rhythm. The joint…