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03-09-2017 01:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dado table saw finger joints box joints wood working jig tablesaw blade

Hi Everyone,

So I’m trying to figure out how to make 1” finger joints. I’ve gone out and bought a Dado blade, but now that I’ve bought it (and lost the receipt) the packaging says it’s largest cut is 7/8.

Can anyone provide information on how to make 1” cuts?


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#1 posted 03-09-2017 02:01 PM

Watch this videohttps://youtu.be/WgG_SufjiJw. The first guy shows how to cut finger/box joints. He’s cutting smaller ones, but the principle is the same. Just adjust the jig.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 03-09-2017 02:21 PM

Thanks for the response. I’ve got the jig down but I’m wondering how to make my cuts 1” if my dado blade is only 7/8 wide?

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#3 posted 03-09-2017 02:28 PM

You have to make two cuts that overlap. You can’t do it with one pass over the blade. That’s what he means by adjusting the jig; move it over a little and make the second pass to make it 1 inch wide.

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#4 posted 03-09-2017 02:30 PM

Oh, ok. I got it. THank you Gene.

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#5 posted 03-09-2017 02:31 PM

And thank you Mike

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#6 posted 03-09-2017 03:02 PM

To “cute” finger joints, you could glue on little pictures of kittens (done with marquetry, of course) or stick on little kitten stickers from the dime store. :-)

Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

I use a tenoning jig myself, for small finger joints. For 1” ones, probably that will not give you enough range to cut several.

Something like this…

Results like this. I like unequal (but symmetrical) spacing.

-Paul

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#7 posted 03-09-2017 03:11 PM

I’d just cut them by hand and chisel…..takes about the same amount of time as a tablesaw and jig would..

I might have a blog or two about doing these things. Just need a 1” wide chisel…....

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#8 posted 03-09-2017 05:04 PM

HaHa! Thanks for pointing out the typo, Paul. Also, thanks for the info and pics.

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#9 posted 03-09-2017 05:11 PM

The guy above. (Bandit) knows his stuff, too. His method is neat because he uses the chisel to mark out his fingers and slots.
Knowing him, I have no doubt his method is as fast as doing them with power saws. But for me…not so much.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#10 posted 03-09-2017 05:16 PM

Sorry. Didn’t mean to not acknowledge your post, Bandit. I’m just trying to read these posts while at work and missed yours. I’ll most likely be giving the chisel a shot over the weekend.

Any sort of 1” chisel would do?

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#11 posted 03-09-2017 05:30 PM

Reading posts while at work?

-- Y'all need to locate a sense of humor. Borrow one if you can't find yours...

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#12 posted 03-09-2017 05:33 PM

Well doing work related stuff, yes.

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#13 posted 03-09-2017 05:34 PM

And while on lunch. Haha cut me a break.

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#14 posted 03-09-2017 06:04 PM

Any sort of chisel, as long as it is SHARP. Paul Sellers taught me on dovetails, finger joints are a bit easier to do.

Just posted a one-parter blog on the way I do these.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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