finger joint jig

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Project by bryano posted 10-09-2008 02:49 AM 3995 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ive been useing one of thees for years to make joints on some of my boxes. I brought this one to the picnic at Lee Jesburgers house back in june. This one is made of oak with wallnut runners (the first two pics). the last pic is an earlier model made from scrap ply with maple runners.

-- bryano

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#1 posted 10-09-2008 03:18 AM

looks great…I am getting ready to make some jigs…and shop projects…

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#2 posted 10-09-2008 03:42 AM

Ive seen several projects lately that used walnut for runners, any particular advantage to walnut??? another question. how is the index pin mounted, apparently it is removable as it only shows in one of the pictures . . .
Boxing in the back to hide the blade is a great idea, you should add a couple stops in the miter tracks that will stop it just past top dead center of the blade to prevent going all the way through. something similar to a feather board mount would work

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#3 posted 10-09-2008 04:15 AM

You gotta love home made jigs!

Looks Great!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 10-09-2008 04:25 AM

Hi Fred, I used wallnut runners because they are what I had on hand but they do slide better than the maple runners that i had on the previous models. The pin is 1/4’ by 5” long and fits snugly in its 1/4” slot and is removable, one side of the pin is 3/8”tall and the other side is 1/4” tall for the different depth of cut. Good idea on the stops. Useing a box with the runners Gives me more protection and control over my work.
Thanks for the comments

-- bryano

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#5 posted 10-09-2008 04:28 AM

Nice work… Any particular reason for the Box shaped design?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 10-09-2008 04:29 AM

Never mind… I just finished reading the previous post…. Doh!!!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 10-09-2008 04:39 AM

Bryan> I remember it at Lee Picnic. A nice jig.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 10-09-2008 11:34 AM

I love these jigs you guys make. Now if I was only smart enough to figure out how they are used. Perhaps you could post a picture or two of the jig in use. Thanks for posting.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#9 posted 10-09-2008 04:16 PM

Hi Bryan

We had a Picnic?

And you guy’s didn’t inviter me?

Some of my favorite projects seem to entail engineering a jig of some sort or another. That part is very enjoyable as it challenges you to come up with ideas that make the outcome more consistent, and easier to achieve.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 03-15-2009 07:44 PM

Nice box joint jig Bryano.
I made a couple similar box joint jigs. You put more time and effort into your’s than I did. I read about how to make the box joint jig in “Advanced Woodworking” by The editors of Time-Life Books.

Check out the used book stores, you can pick up great woodworking books dirt cheap.
Enjoy the sawdust,

-- Wood is good.

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#11 posted 01-30-2011 02:51 AM

Nice looking jig.

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