Finger Joint Jig

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Project by Julian posted 12-27-2018 01:37 AM 1517 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This jig is from WoodSmith Shop’s online website. A very simple jig to make and it produces tight finger joints.
I made the fingers from 1/2” thick micarta but it can be easily made from any hardwood. This one is set up for 1/2” wide finger joints. This is the smallest joint possible because of the machine screws. Very pleased with the results. Now I need to make a project using this jig.

-- Julian

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#1 posted 12-27-2018 01:49 AM

That’s a nice looking jig. It looks solid and well made. If I didn’t already have a beehive and boxjoint jig and an Akeda, I would be building this one for sure.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 12-27-2018 06:41 AM

That’s a nice looking finger joint. it looks solid and well made. _Sorry couldn’t help myself.
Both the jig and results refelect your precise work!
What are you making?

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 12-27-2018 03:33 PM

Julian, nice job on the jig. You will have a great time with it, as I do with mine.

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#4 posted 12-27-2018 11:28 PM

Looks great. Enjoy using it!

-- AJ

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#5 posted 12-28-2018 03:35 PM

The thing I most appreciate about this design is:

1. It’s scalable. You can create a jig for small boxes or one for massive blanket chests
2. Irregular box joints are a no-brainer. A large finger on one side creates a corresponding large recess on the other.
3. Provided you mill the fingers to precise width, it’s a also a no-brainer to build.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#6 posted 12-28-2018 04:08 PM

This is project I have in mind too. Thanks for sharing yours.


-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#7 posted 12-28-2018 10:15 PM

Julian , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award. There’s nothing like a new jig

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 12-31-2018 03:28 AM

I went thru “finger joint hell” after making a jig using Nick Engler’s plans. I now have Incra’s” I box and it cuts finger joints marvelously.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#9 posted 12-31-2018 03:01 PM

I just saw that episode of The Woodsmith Shop on TV the other day. It’s really a great design and seems very easy to use. Let us know how it works and show some examples when you can. Great work!

-- Tim, Glen Burnie, Maryland

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#10 posted 12-31-2018 03:34 PM

For those who are interested, here is where you can get the free plans.

It’s under Season 12, Episode 1207.

-- Tim, Glen Burnie, Maryland

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#11 posted 01-02-2019 03:03 PM

Nice job. I found hardware at McMaster Carr that I could use to get fingers down to 3/8. I’ve made two now One 12” and one 30”. I really like your choice of finger material. Won’t wear. Great work and thanks for sharing.

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

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