Finger joint box

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Project by RAH posted 07-30-2008 03:58 AM 5708 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Getting practice using my finger joint jig making boxes. As they say “Practice makes another box” or something like that. The wood is walnut, hickory and mahogany all about 1/4 inch thick. I have one more box made and a couple in the making. I will post them later to spread out the post.

Thanks for looking, Ron

-- Ron Central, CA

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#1 posted 07-30-2008 04:01 AM

That’s some good looking box joints!

-- It's better to have people think you're stupid rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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#2 posted 07-30-2008 04:01 AM

Nice looking box and joints Ron. I look forward to viewing your other boxes. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Douglas Bordner

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#3 posted 07-30-2008 04:57 AM

Beware, Ron. Box-making can be addictive. How did the hinging go this time out?
Is that a magnetic clasp?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 07-30-2008 05:01 AM

Hi Ron;

Great job on this box.

Nice choice of wood as well.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 07-30-2008 01:43 PM

That’s a great box. The tight joinery looks excellent.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#6 posted 07-30-2008 01:56 PM

Yes that is a magnetic clasp, the front end of the box does not sit tight. I can only back out the brass screws so many times and they start to strip and are unusable. I lowered the hinges and the gap is smaller, I may be the only one that notices it.

The prior tea box I made, I drilled the screw hole slightly smaller than the brass screw to make it easier to drive without striping the screw and a dab of glue to lubricate it and hold the screw in place due to the movement the lid will get, no margin for era once in, I was done.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#7 posted 07-30-2008 02:32 PM

Nice box. Tell us more about your box joint jig. Blog, perhaps?

I use the jigs from Oak Park. You know, the Router Workshop guys. Easy to set up and use. Very consistent results. Look forward to see what you use.

Thanks for the post.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#8 posted 07-30-2008 03:10 PM

Nice box. I like the finger joints and I’m still working on getting them consistent. And I like the line, “Practice makes another box.”

-- Working at Woodworking

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#9 posted 07-30-2008 03:23 PM

Nice job!

Are you using a table saw jig or a router jig for your box joints?

Tip: If you decide to keep making boxes, buy small brass screws in bulk. You will destroy many of them. DAMHIKT. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 07-31-2008 04:17 AM

I am using a table saw jig that consists of 1” x 4” poplar with 1/4 ” x 1/4” purple heart imbedded in it to hold the slot. I then clamp it to a piece of maple attached to my miter gauge.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#11 posted 07-31-2008 04:19 AM

That’s a nice lookin’ box! I love finger joints… I really like the way they look. They have an “old timey” look…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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