|Forum topic by ajthomas5009||posted 03-30-2014 12:37 AM||915 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
03-30-2014 12:37 AM
I was getting ready to build a few things with finger joints and had some questions. I am using a dado stack and a simple shop made jig. The past couple of days I’ve been just practicing. It seems like things came out well for being my first try at finger joints but they just seem a little too tight. To get the joints to fit properly I had to smack the hell out of them with a mallet a cpl of time. There was no damage to the fingers but it seemed about as tight as possible before damage occurred.
This didn’t seem right to me and that it would only lead to a glue starved joint. I’ve tried to research it myself but I’m getting mixed information. Some people say this type of super tight box joint is good and don’t even use glue when you get them like this. Others say is should only be tight enough to require a few light taps.
So how should box joints properly fit?
Also I can just fix a overly snug box joint by just adding a .005 shim to my dado stack right?
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