Greene & Greene finger joint with a jigsaw

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Blog entry by iamcliff posted 783 days ago 2850 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really like the Greene and Greene style design. I watched Marc Spagnuolo make some finger joints on one of his videos and it looked easy enough so I tried it using my jigsaw on some scrap 1×6. Why a jigsaw, you ask? Well, it’s all I got. It would have come out much better if I had some chisels. There are a couple of gaps on the bottom side because, well, I just eyed my line. I used a scrap piece of wood clamped down as a guide for the initial cuts so that they would be straight. I used my random orbit sander to round over the edges. I don’t have a block plane or a router, or anything else yet that I can round-over edges with.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#1 posted 783 days ago

Excellent practice piece! You did fine with the tools you have. Those other tools might help, but they are not required.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 783 days ago

I second sras.

Keep your eyes open for any kind of garage sale, check out Craig’s List and be patient. Sooner or later you will have a decent amount of tools and be limited by skill rather than equipment. Of course this will not keep you from buying more tools.

Talking about stress (your profile!): I had a time when I thought I had to force my relaxation and went to the shop no matter how late it was at night. After a very stupid (nearly serious) mistake at the band saw I realised that I needed some sleep as well.

Keep making saw dust!


-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#3 posted 783 days ago

That’s funny. The first power tool I bought was a jig saw, not counting the circ saw. But I didn’t have the cohungas to try finger joints. Just goes to show what can be done when you make do with what you got.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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#4 posted 783 days ago

Keep at it, practice will result in skill increase

-- Norman

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#5 posted 783 days ago


Very nice 1st experience.

Doing your very best with what you have is not only comendable, but is the ‘mother’ of invention.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#6 posted 782 days ago

Thank you all for the encouraging comments. This was actually my third attempt. The first two were pretty bad, I guess because it was the first time I ever used a jigsaw and had to get used to it a little bit. Plus, I didn’t allow for the kerf of the blade. I’m going to have to make a jig or straight edge (kind of like the Kreg square-cut jig) so that I can set up for a cut much quicker and have the cut actually be straight.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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