Hidden figers joints? #1: Have the first and second done..

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 03-17-2017 08:04 PM 919 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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A friend decided that he wanted to see full blind finger joints done. So, I walked out of Lowes with a pair of Poplar 1×4 x 24” boards. Figured it would be a little easier than using my supply of 3/8” thick pine….

I cut one of the boards into a pair of 6” long “Ends” ( yep, making yet another box) and a 12” side. laid out for the end joints..

I do have just the saw to cut these to length..

This works better than the bandsaw, for straight cuts.. Laid out for some fingers..

Ends get a mitred cut

The I saw the lines with a small saw, at about a 45 degree angle..

First version..

Was quite right. Had to trim the fingers back a bit, and dig out a mortise for the other side to fit it’s fat fingers into…

Note to self: Make sure you mark which “waste” to remove….ok, set the mis-cut piece aside, and cut into the second 6” end piece….and chopped, and saw and cuss awhile, until I could get close enough for a test fit

Just before I closed it up..

Needs a bit more fine tuning. Well this afternoon, I wandered back to the shop. And started out refining that rejected piece. Mortises were chopped a bit bit, beveled edges chiseled better….and laid out for the second 12” side…after making sure I had things laid out to match the first set..

Again lines were drawn, this time I made sure the waste was marked….more saw work, and then some chisel work until this showed up..

This is the 12” side. I kept checking the fit, cuss a bit, chisel a bit check again…..rinse and repeat until..

The mitre part of the joint looked good…not perfect, but at least it looks LIKE a mitre joint. Two corners..

are done, two more to go…..then the rest of the box-making stuff can happen. Stay tuned…might get to be FUN?

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

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#1 posted 03-19-2017 11:21 PM

Great job, I have seen this once before and sharp chisels are a great help. Very good joints

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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