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Poplar Box Project #2: Finger joints

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 09-21-2019 03:50 PM 291 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: starting out Part 2 of Poplar Box Project series Part 3: Inside grooves, lots of them »

I clamped the two long side outside face to outside face..

Edges were even, ends weren’t quite there…Stanley #3 to even things up..needed a way to set the spacing for the fingers…

Along with a few other tools…since I will be using that sized chisel to chop the waste, I used it to lay out the fingers, working towards the center from each edge…

Waste is marked with a dot….needed a way to keep both boards aligned, while moving them around in the vise..

Simple and easy. Then slid the pair down in the vise, until they are a 1/4” or so above the bench’s top…

Boards want to vibrate a bit, otherwise…and, I get to sit down on the job…

Then flip the pair end for end, and layout the other end of the boards, make the saw cut….

Have to keep things in order….IF I open this stack like a book..

These are the outside faces…need to keep the “top” edge aligned….flip the book over onto it’s face….

This is the insides of the box…marked for top (T) bottom(B) Inside face (IN) and a number at each corner, intheory that I can keep track of which goes where…..right….set one of these aside, easier to chop one set at a time. had a bit of scrap..Ash….will use that to protect the top of the bench…

Only marks on the outside face is a line from the marking gauge, I use that to start the chops at…I go 1/2 way down, and also left a little bit to the outside edge, for support…

Then flip the board over, and finish the chops…

Then use these fingers to lay out on an end piece of the box…..marking it as to which corner it will be, and which is inside, top and bottom. make the saw cuts, then back to chopping out…

Then a test fit….once the chopping was done..

Rinse….

Repeat…

Until all 4 corners are done….
Next up? Grooves…each board will get 3 grooves….top panel, bottom panel, and a way to split the lid off…

Stay tuned….

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#1 posted 09-21-2019 05:07 PM

Very nice work. Thanks for sharing!

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