Finger joint box

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Project by RAH posted 2212 days ago 2736 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Getting practice using my finger joint jig making boxes. As they say “Practice makes another box” or something like that. The wood is walnut, hickory and mahogany all about 1/4 inch thick. I have one more box made and a couple in the making. I will post them later to spread out the post.

Thanks for looking, Ron

-- Ron Central, CA

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#1 posted 2212 days ago

That’s some good looking box joints!

-- It's better to have people think you're stupid rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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#2 posted 2212 days ago

Nice looking box and joints Ron. I look forward to viewing your other boxes. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Douglas Bordner

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#3 posted 2212 days ago

Beware, Ron. Box-making can be addictive. How did the hinging go this time out?
Is that a magnetic clasp?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 2212 days ago

Hi Ron;

Great job on this box.

Nice choice of wood as well.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 2212 days ago

That’s a great box. The tight joinery looks excellent.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#6 posted 2212 days ago

Yes that is a magnetic clasp, the front end of the box does not sit tight. I can only back out the brass screws so many times and they start to strip and are unusable. I lowered the hinges and the gap is smaller, I may be the only one that notices it.

The prior tea box I made, I drilled the screw hole slightly smaller than the brass screw to make it easier to drive without striping the screw and a dab of glue to lubricate it and hold the screw in place due to the movement the lid will get, no margin for era once in, I was done.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#7 posted 2212 days ago

Nice box. Tell us more about your box joint jig. Blog, perhaps?

I use the jigs from Oak Park. You know, the Router Workshop guys. Easy to set up and use. Very consistent results. Look forward to see what you use.

Thanks for the post.

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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#8 posted 2212 days ago

Nice box. I like the finger joints and I’m still working on getting them consistent. And I like the line, “Practice makes another box.”

-- Working at Woodworking

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#9 posted 2212 days ago

Nice job!

Are you using a table saw jig or a router jig for your box joints?

Tip: If you decide to keep making boxes, buy small brass screws in bulk. You will destroy many of them. DAMHIKT. :-)

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

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#10 posted 2211 days ago

I am using a table saw jig that consists of 1” x 4” poplar with 1/4 ” x 1/4” purple heart imbedded in it to hold the slot. I then clamp it to a piece of maple attached to my miter gauge.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#11 posted 2211 days ago

That’s a nice lookin’ box! I love finger joints… I really like the way they look. They have an “old timey” look…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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