First finger joints

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Project by Jesse posted 03-03-2011 07:23 AM 1843 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is another skill builder. My last project, I took on hand cut dovetails and now I decided it was time to cut my teeth on finger joints. I’m ready to officially say, these were a lot easier:P What intimidated me about finger joints ( box joints) were all the intricate and elaborate jigs I’ve seen for them. Once I got past my hesitation I realized a basic jig was really quite simple.

The box was just my practice boards that I shaped into a box for my wife. I realized once I started playing with it, that the fingers were too thick (3/8”) but figured I could turn it into something nice enough. Hopefully the dimensions of the box make the fat fingers look intentional :D. Anyway, It’s solid cherry with a redwood board with a knot I’ve been saving for just such an occasion. The whole thing was dyed red for no apparent reason and the bottom is lined with a faux leather fabric.

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#1 posted 03-03-2011 08:12 AM

Hey alright bet that felt good putting them together for the first time, good job i like the design.

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#2 posted 03-03-2011 11:38 AM

Lookin’ Good Jesse!! Nice work on your first box joints… and I think they look fine, not over-sized at all…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 03-03-2011 12:22 PM

They look nice and tight! Well done, I’m sure she is very happy!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 03-03-2011 04:37 PM

Very nice.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 03-04-2011 03:01 AM

excellent. I like the way you rounded the corners.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 03-04-2011 04:06 PM

Nice joints. I am about to build a finger joint jig. How about a few pictures of yours please.

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#7 posted 03-05-2011 04:54 PM

Nice box, the joints look well proportioned to the rest of the box, cherry is beautiful wood, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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