|Project by KnickKnack||posted 01-08-2012 05:12 PM||5786 views||11 times favorited||17 comments|
I finished my router table upgrade, or, to be more, accurate, I built a micro-adjusting fence (uninformative blog about that can be found here).
So obviously I needed to try something where micro-adjustment was required – some kind of “box joint” thing was obvious, but I thought I’d go the extra kilometre and make it more complex by trying half-blind finger joints – you don’t see a lot of them about, but all the “posh” jigs seem to be able to do them, so I thought I’d risk it for a biscuit.
Life is strange – when I started, and for several years after that, I tried so so so hard to avoid joints of any form – now I seem to go searching for difficult ways to put pieces of wood together.
This, generally speaking, went without too much incident – keep turning the screws and the fence keeps moving along – in this case I was using a 6mm bit so 12 turns per cut. That said the slot cuts in the walls came out just a little “fluffy” – the fence placement was correct, but the bit didn’t seem to like cutting the blind holes very much and they are a tiny bit wide – I really don’t know why.
The sides are jatoba, and the front/back/top some wood I found in a dump – believe it or not those lovely bits were the sides and back of a drawer – the front was crap wood that had been painted a wood colour! I don’t know what it is – looks a bit like ash, but I’m fairly sure it isn’t – tight grain with an almost “bamboo like” surface. Perhaps some kind of eucalyptus, acacia? I have a dead (cheapo) garden chair I rescued from another dump that has bits that look a bit similar.
As someone famous didn’t say…
“This is not perfect.
It’s not even the beginning of perfect.
But perhaps it’s the end of rubbish”
The wife said “not bad” ‘cos she’s big on praise.
Jatoba and unknown wood. Tung oil finish. 19cm x 10cm x 9cm
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