finger joint jig

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Project by bryano posted 2120 days ago 2839 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ive been useing one of thees for years to make joints on some of my boxes. I brought this one to the picnic at Lee Jesburgers house back in june. This one is made of oak with wallnut runners (the first two pics). the last pic is an earlier model made from scrap ply with maple runners.

-- bryano

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#1 posted 2120 days ago

looks great…I am getting ready to make some jigs…and shop projects…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 2120 days ago

Ive seen several projects lately that used walnut for runners, any particular advantage to walnut??? another question. how is the index pin mounted, apparently it is removable as it only shows in one of the pictures . . .
Boxing in the back to hide the blade is a great idea, you should add a couple stops in the miter tracks that will stop it just past top dead center of the blade to prevent going all the way through. something similar to a feather board mount would work

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#3 posted 2120 days ago

You gotta love home made jigs!

Looks Great!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 2120 days ago

Hi Fred, I used wallnut runners because they are what I had on hand but they do slide better than the maple runners that i had on the previous models. The pin is 1/4’ by 5” long and fits snugly in its 1/4” slot and is removable, one side of the pin is 3/8”tall and the other side is 1/4” tall for the different depth of cut. Good idea on the stops. Useing a box with the runners Gives me more protection and control over my work.
Thanks for the comments

-- bryano

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#5 posted 2120 days ago

Nice work… Any particular reason for the Box shaped design?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 2120 days ago

Never mind… I just finished reading the previous post…. Doh!!!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 2120 days ago

Bryan> I remember it at Lee Picnic. A nice jig.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#8 posted 2120 days ago

I love these jigs you guys make. Now if I was only smart enough to figure out how they are used. Perhaps you could post a picture or two of the jig in use. Thanks for posting.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#9 posted 2120 days ago

Hi Bryan

We had a Picnic?

And you guy’s didn’t inviter me?

Some of my favorite projects seem to entail engineering a jig of some sort or another. That part is very enjoyable as it challenges you to come up with ideas that make the outcome more consistent, and easier to achieve.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 1962 days ago

Nice box joint jig Bryano.
I made a couple similar box joint jigs. You put more time and effort into your’s than I did. I read about how to make the box joint jig in “Advanced Woodworking” by The editors of Time-Life Books.

Check out the used book stores, you can pick up great woodworking books dirt cheap.
Enjoy the sawdust,

-- The wood is good.

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#11 posted 1277 days ago

Nice looking jig.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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