Greene & Greene finger joint with a jigsaw

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Blog entry by Chris McDowell posted 07-07-2012 08:09 PM 6658 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really like the Greene and Greene style design. I watched Marc Spagnuolo make some finger joints on one of his videos and it looked easy enough so I tried it using my jigsaw on some scrap 1×6. Why a jigsaw, you ask? Well, it’s all I got. It would have come out much better if I had some chisels. There are a couple of gaps on the bottom side because, well, I just eyed my line. I used a scrap piece of wood clamped down as a guide for the initial cuts so that they would be straight. I used my random orbit sander to round over the edges. I don’t have a block plane or a router, or anything else yet that I can round-over edges with.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#1 posted 07-07-2012 09:09 PM

Excellent practice piece! You did fine with the tools you have. Those other tools might help, but they are not required.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 07-07-2012 10:09 PM

I second sras.

Keep your eyes open for any kind of garage sale, check out Craig’s List and be patient. Sooner or later you will have a decent amount of tools and be limited by skill rather than equipment. Of course this will not keep you from buying more tools.

Talking about stress (your profile!): I had a time when I thought I had to force my relaxation and went to the shop no matter how late it was at night. After a very stupid (nearly serious) mistake at the band saw I realised that I needed some sleep as well.

Keep making saw dust!


-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#3 posted 07-07-2012 10:33 PM

That’s funny. The first power tool I bought was a jig saw, not counting the circ saw. But I didn’t have the cohungas to try finger joints. Just goes to show what can be done when you make do with what you got.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#4 posted 07-08-2012 04:20 AM

Keep at it, practice will result in skill increase

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

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#5 posted 07-08-2012 05:26 AM


Very nice 1st experience.

Doing your very best with what you have is not only comendable, but is the ‘mother’ of invention.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#6 posted 07-08-2012 11:05 AM

Thank you all for the encouraging comments. This was actually my third attempt. The first two were pretty bad, I guess because it was the first time I ever used a jigsaw and had to get used to it a little bit. Plus, I didn’t allow for the kerf of the blade. I’m going to have to make a jig or straight edge (kind of like the Kreg square-cut jig) so that I can set up for a cut much quicker and have the cut actually be straight.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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