Cherry finger jointed box #1: the start up

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 08-20-2016 06:32 PM 868 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A few weeks ago, picked a slab of wood at a yard sale, for a dollar bill…

Slab was 5’ long, just over 1” thick. At the narrow end, it was over 12” wide, far end was 17” counting the bark.
I resawed it down to something I could use. Then decided to resaw these into 1/2” thick slabs…

Had decent luck with two of the slabs, the other two?

Not so nice. Well, maybe I can “make do” with the better stuff?

Crosscut the better of the two good slabs. Wanted to make a box. Made two pieces as “sides” and the others will be the ends. Stacked the sides, and jointed the edges..

Hey, when they are this short, even a #4 will work. I also trimmed the end grain while they were stacked together..

Then did the same for the “end” pair. Laid out for some finger joints, using a high tech tool..

Which is also the same tool I will chop the waste out with. First, I need a backsaw..

And split these lines. Then I could set one aside, and chop the joints..

First, one face. BTW, I also took the time to mark the “top” edge on the sides, and label all four corners..#1 through #4. That way, I can keep these things in their place. The markings are on the inside. I could flip the board over, and complete the cuts..and do the same on the other end.

Then do the other side’s two ends, until both sides are done..

Then set one side out of the way, grab one end piece, and mark for “Top” and joint number on the inside. Then I could transfer the lines from the fingers to the matching end. Sawing on the waste side of the lines, this time.
After awhile, I had one end all chopped and ready for a test fit….

Hmmm, well, it will take a bit of fine tuning. Lunchbreak! I think this will about do for a morning’s work? Maybe later, I can walk through this door….

“Abandon all hope, ye who enters this portal” Maybe I can go and hide out for the day?

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

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#1 posted 08-20-2016 07:19 PM

Why are you choosing to finger joint instead of dovetail these boxes?

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#2 posted 08-20-2016 07:36 PM

Boards are only 1/2 thick. if that. Will kind of match the last two boxes I built as well.

Stanley #45 has arrived in the shop, and a new bottle of glue! Puppy-sitting right now, maybe after a while I can go back down there. That box with the 45 is one heavy box. Hard to carry it, and the glue bottle, open and shut a door or two, and walk down the steps to the shop. Whew! Did a bit of chisel maintainence, as they haven’t had any for a while. Of course, I got a brand new package of wet-n-dry sandpaper….somewhere…..must be around here somewhere?

Plan today is to do the finger joints, and set up to groove for the bottom panel. Then do a glue up of a couple panels to act as the bottom and top panels. Maybe tomorrow, I can see about what type of lid I want to build…

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

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#3 posted 08-20-2016 07:55 PM

Thanks. I was just curios as I was about to do the same and was deciding on the joint to use.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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