Extra Wide finger joints?

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01-17-2011 12:16 AM

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A friend of mine wants to make some boxes for his beehives.
Because they are quite large he would like to make the fingers 1 1/2” wide or more so that it doesn’t take forever and a day. (he needs to make quite a few boxes)
I have never made or used finger joints!
Anyone have some advice, tips, technique, or links to share?
I have many links and plans for building finger joint jigs but nothing about that wide of a finger!
He has a dado set for his TS that he can use.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 12:29 AM

I would draw it out on the wood and then cut the joints, it’s tough cuz there is no blade that can make that kind of cut in one pass.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 12:32 AM

Are you talking about finger joints or box jointery?. Finger joints are most generly used to join stock togather end to end and is a millwork funtion. Box joints are interlocking fingers for making neat and strong corner joints. If the box will be made of 3/4 ” stock, using a lock miter bit with a router might be faster and stronger.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 01:05 AM

Duh! My stupid! Box joint is what I meant. (Bad headache today)
No router. Box materials are 3/4” thick. The joints do not have to be super precise, just close enough to fit.
I was thinking that he could use the dado blade set to max width and a fixed indexing pin to match and a loose indexing pin 1 1/2” wide and make multiple passes????

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 01:45 AM


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#5 posted 01-17-2011 07:43 AM

The bee boxes I remember on the farm had wide box joints like you are talking about. I would set up a jig and dado and do what you are saying.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 01-17-2011 08:11 AM

Festool Domino! After you glue and clamp butt joints square and true just use the Domino to have an exposed loose tenon join of the box. I think your way sounds like more fun tho. Even then the box joint would probably be even a stronger joint, hey what about a biscuit joiner?

-- $tudie

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#7 posted 01-17-2011 09:37 AM

Thanks everyone!
The tools he has are the ones he will have to use!
I will go over and help him build a box joint jig and figure out how to make the extra wide joints. I thought about biscuit joiner too – but mine is in storage!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#8 posted 01-17-2011 10:21 PM

It’s probably going to be faster to use the dado blade in the table saw set at 3/4” and make them all 3/4” wide. You would be making the same number of passes as you would for 1 1/2” and it would be more accurate. There’s a lot of good information about box joint jigs on LJ’s.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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