A friend decided that he wanted to see full blind finger joints done. So, I walked out of Lowes with a pair of Poplar 1×4 x 24” boards. Figured it would be a little easier than using my supply of 3/8” thick pine….
I cut one of the boards into a pair of 6” long “Ends” ( yep, making yet another box) and a 12” side. laid out for the end joints..
I do have just the saw to cut these to length..
This works better than the bandsaw, for straight cuts.. Laid out for some fingers..
Ends get a mitred cut
The I saw the lines with a small saw, at about a 45 degree angle..
Was quite right. Had to trim the fingers back a bit, and dig out a mortise for the other side to fit it’s fat fingers into…
Note to self: Make sure you mark which “waste” to remove….ok, set the mis-cut piece aside, and cut into the second 6” end piece….and chopped, and saw and cuss awhile, until I could get close enough for a test fit
Just before I closed it up..
Needs a bit more fine tuning. Well this afternoon, I wandered back to the shop. And started out refining that rejected piece. Mortises were chopped a bit bit, beveled edges chiseled better….and laid out for the second 12” side…after making sure I had things laid out to match the first set..
Again lines were drawn, this time I made sure the waste was marked….more saw work, and then some chisel work until this showed up..
This is the 12” side. I kept checking the fit, cuss a bit, chisel a bit check again…..rinse and repeat until..
The mitre part of the joint looked good…not perfect, but at least it looks LIKE a mitre joint. Two corners..
are done, two more to go…..then the rest of the box-making stuff can happen. Stay tuned…might get to be FUN?
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