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Chris MarshallThis week, the lights in Rob’s office are off, as he’s out in the wilds of South Dakota chasing ducks. So I’m pinch-hitting for him until next week when, I’m sure, he’ll have a hunting story or two to share — maybe even here in the Weekly.

Over the weekend, I was cutting box joints for a little project to use as a prop for an upcoming “More on the Web” video in our December issue. I was using a pin-style miter gauge jig to cut the joints, with all the ups and downs that go along with dialing those jigs in. In the end, my pins and slots fit together like a piston in a cylinder. But the jig took some finessing, like it always does. Those joints never come out perfect on the first try, do they?

So that makes me wonder what style of joinery you enjoy making the most? Or, if this better suits your mood today, which joint gives you the most headaches? Either way, I hope you’ll write in to tell us which ones and why. Because, good or bad, you won’t be alone in your opinions!

Chris Marshall, Woodworker’s Journal

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