Box Joint Hexagons

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Project by Brasco18 posted 03-30-2014 10:00 PM 7844 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This originally started out as some shelves for a friend. My friend wanted some hexagon shelves. For some reason, I figured it made sense to make them in the most complicated way possible. I made up a jig and made a small one first. Then, I up’d it to full size. Once I completed it, I decided it was way too difficult of a process to make several of them. And my process wasn’t perfect; the joints weren’t all clean. I deemed it not good enough to give to my friend and made the shelves with a simpler method. I ended up giving these to my son as toys. Turns out they make great baby toys.

-- When a 'want' meets 'simplicity', it creats 'progress'.

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#1 posted 03-31-2014 01:34 AM

Well, you did a great job of it

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

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#2 posted 03-31-2014 08:39 AM

Yep I would do that.
don’t be too concerned about the joint “defects”
that is what makes wood workers better.

Its very difficult to do finger joints bigger than the cutter width, it can be done and as you found out lots of jig test runs first up are required, and then keeping a complete concentration focus .

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 03-31-2014 01:17 PM

The biggest problem I had was with tearout. Due to the nature of my jig, the blade was doing a climb cut. It would have been better to pitch the wood forward rather than backwards. I also had an issue with the wood lifting up a bit, again, due to the nature of the jig. I should have clamped the piece down, but that would have made the joint take even longer to cut. So like I said, it was way too complex for this piece, especially since they are just going to be painted anyway.

-- When a 'want' meets 'simplicity', it creats 'progress'.

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#4 posted 04-01-2014 06:29 AM

Nice box,nice joints.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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