Finger Joint Tote

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Project by Bsmith posted 12-04-2012 12:53 AM 2222 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tried out my new finger joint jig. Works good but not too impressed with my “on sale” dado blade. It appears the outside blade is smaller than the inside so it doesn’t leave a flat bottom. Still have a good time with this oak pallet wood tote. Thanks for looking.

-- Bryan

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#1 posted 12-04-2012 01:37 AM

Super looking tote,nice work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 12-04-2012 01:51 AM

I like that rustic look. I have often thought about building something like/similar to this, to hold condiments at the dining room table. Maybe not quite as tall as yours.

Anyway, you did a good job with this and the finish is spot on for what it is, IMO.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 12-04-2012 02:53 AM

I second what Mike says – the finish and overall appearance are perfect for the joints. Great job! I might have to steal this as an X-mas present for the Mom!

-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

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#4 posted 12-04-2012 07:15 AM

I like your work on this. Lots of use for this. Good job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 12-04-2012 10:41 AM

most cheap dado blades leave a ragged bottom..nothing new there. Neat rustic box. usually when I see these, they are called candle boxes and hang on a wall.

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#6 posted 12-04-2012 12:48 PM

Super build, looks like an antique. Very nice.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 12-04-2012 01:39 PM

Very nice construct and looks great.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 12-04-2012 06:51 PM

I had a dado set with the same problem. Had it sharpened and checked for all blades being the same. Didn’t fix the problem.
I gave that set away and bought a really good set … same problem … Hmmmm, went to the LJ’s forum. There I learned that I did not have a bad dado set I had a bad arbor on the saw.
The saw arbor was replaced by the manufacturer at their expense … Thank you Rigid.
Now I have flat bottom dado’s … See me smile.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#9 posted 12-04-2012 07:36 PM

Grumpymike is right I dealt with the same issue, I went thru a couple of Dado sets before I hit the forums to find out about the Arbor issue. I had a Craftsman Contractor Saw that worked perfectly except when using a stack dado set. Since I bought the saw used and refurbished it, I really had no recourse. I didn’t want to try to buy a new arbor only to get another bad one because mine was very tight and dead on straight, so I took JB Weld and filled the groove between the smooth part of the shaft and the threads on the arbor. I let it cure and then took a file and gently smoothed it out to the shaft turning the arbor by hand and eventually running the saw and smoothed to final with scotchbrite. The issue was completely resolved and never had that problem again. I eventually found a great deal on a cabinet saw and sold the Craftsman to a good friend and it is still working great. Turned out to be an easy fix. I think what I was most surprised about was that the pieces of the Dado would actually slip down into that groove on the Arbor and not make flat bottom dados, if I hadnt read about it and actually resolved the issue I would not have believed it. I was sure it the fault of a cheap Dado set and not the Saw…..

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#10 posted 12-05-2012 04:42 AM

Wow! This is great information. Glad I didn’t go out and buy an expensive dado set. I’m going to have to run some test but looks like there might be some hope. Thanks a million.

-- Bryan

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#11 posted 12-05-2012 01:56 PM

Looks old timey. I like it, great job.

-- I was going for that distressed look

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