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Back to building boxes #2: Finger Joints?

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 11-23-2021 01:08 PM 403 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok…a little layout, first…

Marking gauge, set to the thickness of the boards…mark all the way around…then darken the lines so I can SEE them..next….take the 2 longer side to the bench vise, and grab the chisel..

That will be doing the chopping. Step off from the sides towards the middle…then a combo square to carry those lines around..

Then set one of the sides aside for now…lower the other in the vise,,,and make a bit of saw dust..

Can saw the lines, leave the lines, split the lines….as this will be the “pattern” to match the other half to…

Set up to chop…

Knife the “baseline”...

Do the outside (show) side first, prevents blowouts from the other side..don’t get greedy….chop about 1/2 way down, and leave that “porch” as support….the flip the board over..

And finish the chopping. next, use these fingers to lay out the matching ones..

Just stand them up on the End piece, and trace around the fingers ( NOT mine, though)....then complete the marking..

use the combo square…Note: I always mark the insides of a box’s sides, as to: IN(side), T(op), B(ottom) and mark what number this corner will be…..then knife a line, saw on the waste side of the lines ( leave the line) and then chop out the waste from both sides, again…then a dry fit..

Corner #1..repeat for…

Corner #2…repeat for..

Corner #3…seems to take about 15 minutes per corner….so..

Corner #4….check for square…and then size the plywood panel for the bottom of the box…

Make SURE this panel IS square. Set up the complete #79….it will have some work to do….later

Simple little box joint, doesn’t take all that long to do….chisel sets how big or small the fingers will be.

Stay tuned…

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



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