finger joint jig

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Project by schloemoe posted 07-19-2010 04:26 AM 3009 views 11 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To all of you that wanted to see this this is my finger joint jig. I do this on the router table I guess you could do it with a t.s. and a dadoe blade but to me this is safer and faster. In pic #2 I have a piece of fir 1/2 ” thick and 24” long middle of the board is a 1” hole. Run a dadoe the size you want you’re fingers to be (1/4 to 3/4)Even with the edge of the hole. Mill a peice of wood to fit that daedo and glue it in . Lay the jig on the table with the fence to the right of the router bit Use a spacer between the fence and the router bit and clamp jig to table top.Take the four sides of you’re box and mark the mating corners Make sure you bevel the ends to the desired degree .Starting from the top edge set the long side on end make sure it touches the fence. Take the corresponding panel and put in front of the panel already there with a spacer the same size as the fingers are going to be slide the panel over with the spacer between the fence and the workpiece. Clamp them togther with a tall fence to push with run the 2 work peices through the bit lift and place the groove you just cut over the fence and repeat the process. Keep doing this untill you’re through the entire side then do all the side in this manner . It really is a lot easier than it sounds and I’m no teacher.Hope you get something from this Just let me know if you need anything….......Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#1 posted 07-19-2010 04:37 AM

Good work Rick thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 07-19-2010 04:37 AM

cool .

simple and effective ,

way to go .

thanks for sharing .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 07-19-2010 04:52 AM

Great Idea!


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#4 posted 07-19-2010 05:08 AM

Looks a great way to get accurate cuts. Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#5 posted 07-19-2010 05:29 AM

Very good, Rick!

If I had known about your jig a long time ago, I could have saved some money by NOT buying the Oak Park jigs that basically work the same way! :)

Very nice! COOL! Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#6 posted 07-19-2010 05:51 AM

Simple and efficient.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 07-19-2010 06:01 AM

Nice jig, looks to get the job done quickly!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#8 posted 07-19-2010 05:00 PM

Thanks Rick.
This definitely looks like a jig worth making.

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#9 posted 07-19-2010 06:29 PM

Nice way to make box joints!

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#10 posted 07-19-2010 09:10 PM

Looks good and easy to use

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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#11 posted 07-20-2010 02:40 AM

Looks simpler than on the TS. I use a TS to cut mine but there is a bit of fussin that must be done to get them right.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#12 posted 07-20-2010 02:47 AM

Nice one schloemoe

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 07-20-2010 04:00 AM

Good job Rick.I agree the router table is the way to cut finger joints.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#14 posted 07-20-2010 04:51 AM

and fingers if you’re not careful! ;;=0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#15 posted 07-21-2010 03:33 PM

i use a table saw since i don’t have a decent router table, but when i do, I’ll need to revisit this.

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