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Today I went to a Finger Joint Class presented by the Mason-Dixon Woodworkers Club, with my Dad. First we watched a video on making finger Joints on a router Table. Then we got to make our own. All the boxes were made out of cherry wood. 3/8” sides and 1/2” top and bottom.

There were ten people taking the class and we only had 2 router tables, so it took a little time for everyone to get to use one. It also turned out that neither router table had been calibrated and all of the joints were too tight.

After some adjusting we started taking turns cutting our finger joints.
Here I am with the sides and ends ready to cut.
And me pounding the sides together They were still too tight.

After everyone cut their sides we then got to cut the tops and bottoms.
Here is my dad helping me on the router table.
Ops a problem. I looked at the first rabbit and when I put it back down I turned it over and we cut the other rabbit on the wrong side. Trying again.

How about my completed box.

The job isn’t done until the dust is gone

-- ))penmaker((





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pierre

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#1 posted 2643 days ago

Way to go Dave….

nice box ; you’ re on a roll !

have a nice day,

pierre

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Chip

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#2 posted 2643 days ago

Dave, you sure did a terrific job on this. Turned out beautifully. There’s a Lumberjock on here named Karson that keeps showing us his finger joints but I don’t think any of his has turned out nearly as nice as yours did. ;-)

Make sure we get to see it once you put the finish on it and keep up the good work. I look forward to seeing your next piece!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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David

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#3 posted 2643 days ago

What an awesome post! Thanks for sharing. I see a very talented woodworker sharing some special time with his Dad. Excellent choice of wood by the way! Keep posing your projects and please post some more photos with finish on your box. What type of finish are you considering?

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Phil Brown

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#4 posted 2643 days ago

Very nice project. Keep up the great work. Well done Dave.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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Dave

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#5 posted 2643 days ago

Some shiney finish

-- ))penmaker((

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jockmike2

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#6 posted 2643 days ago

something I’ve never made is a finger joint box and I have the router bit for it. Maybe I’ll take a crack at it. Looks very nice, mike.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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cajunpen

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#7 posted 2643 days ago

Very nice David. Your finger joints fit perfectly. What a great way for a Father & Son to spend some quality time together. My son just recently asked me to help him with a project and I was thrilled. Of course he’s 38 years old and want to build a guitar – wish I knew how :-)). We will figure it out though.

Keep up the good work David – you are off to a great start.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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oscorner

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#8 posted 2643 days ago

Congradulations on you finger jointed box, David! I’ve been wanting to make one myself. You have inspired me to work harder at getting around to doing it. Don’t feel bad about the OOP’S, I’ve done the samething. I got in a hurry and checked and double checked and when I made a dado it was on the opposite side of the board from the other one I had cut. LOL. ;^)

Keep up the good work!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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PanamaJack

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#9 posted 2643 days ago

Dave you’re starting just great. Keep it up! Nice show and tell with the pictures.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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dennis mitchell

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#10 posted 2643 days ago

Great looking post and wonderful box. Finger joints are one of my favorites. I’ve done mine on the tablesaw so now I’ll have to try the router!

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dbkmd

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#11 posted 2643 days ago

Awesome box, David!! Keep up the good work. Those joints are great!

David

-- David

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MsDebbieP

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#12 posted 2643 days ago

Thank you for sharing the project with us – from start to finish!! I love watching the project unfold.

You have inspired me to try harder with my joints. This is a great box. And have you put your name on it somewhere? (and the date).

I look forward to seeing more of your projects and watch the creation unfold.

Thank you again for sharing!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Gary

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#13 posted 2643 days ago

Great work. Way to go Dave.

-- Gary, Florida. http://www.penturners.org/forum/f70/servicepens-2014-a-111967/

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Napaman

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#14 posted 2642 days ago

Very cool Dave!!!! I started my woodworking when I was in middle school…then left if for 25 years…now I am re-learning…I am so glad you are enjoying this…and the fact that you are doing this with your dad is even better…great box and great post—now I am going to go back and look at your other projects!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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schroeder

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#15 posted 2642 days ago

Great Job Dave! – I wish I would have started woodworking when I was your age, you have a great future ahead!. Keep up the good work and the posts!

Schroeder

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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