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Project by Tokolosi posted 01-03-2012 04:32 AM 1248 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another first for me. I made two small boxes this morning using my table saw to cut the joints. It was a disaster! Im not sure if its being held together by wood filler or glue. But it was something I had too try. I learned a lot and will do better next time. I inlayed the tops with cut-offs from cutting board projects because that too was something I wanted to try out. So in all it was an experimental practice project for me.

Wood is reclaimed from a packing crate, boxes are 4” square and finished with Danish oil and laquer. The inlay is walnut, maple, cherry, wenge and poplar.

Tips are welcome!!!!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien





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#1 posted 01-03-2012 04:42 AM

Looks fine for a first effort.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-03-2012 04:54 AM

looks good. If you dont try ,you wont ever know,

-- Michael . USN ( Ret ) Batesville,AR

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Tokolosi

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#3 posted 01-03-2012 05:50 AM

Thanks Gentlemen. Yes, thats what I tell my kids; “If you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right. So less crying and more trying!”

I need a dado set for my saw. And how do you safely cut the joints ont the ‘short’ end of the piece safely? I used 2×4 scraps and clamped everything together to get a wider mass to run through the saw. It was hard to keep everything aligned and still keep my fingers clear.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#4 posted 01-03-2012 05:48 PM

Look for finger joint jigs. Basically, you have a relatively tall backer board on a miter slot guided base with a key that is effectively a stop.

Your fingers hold the board to the backer board up high, away from the blade.

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#5 posted 01-03-2012 10:41 PM

Thanks Brtech. I have already looked at some stuff regarding finger joint jigs based on your tip. I think that I will build one as I like my own finger joints just where they are.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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