Chris' Amazingly Fantastic Finger-Joint Jig

Between many visits with family and friends and friends' adorable babies, Chris and I didn't have as busy of a house weekend, but we did get some small projects done here and there, which is also always very productive. And the most exciting is the drawer jig Chris made. We've got lots of projects lined up in the future that will involve building drawers (namely the hutch we're starting), so Chris spent some of the day Saturday (between family visits) making a jig. I spent my time sitting in a chair soaking up the lovely sunshine drawing out plans for the hutch and working on other smaller projects, so I wasn't nearly as productive. And I have hardly any pictures. Nor do I really have any idea how to build this jig.

But Chris used this great site from Fine Wood Working that gave him instructions for how to build a Finger-joint (also known as a box joint) jig which you use for box joinery.

The sunshine was much more fun for me, so my first pictures of all of Chris' hard work were actually close to the end of him having built the small structure

But once he had it built he set it up on the table saw to give it a practice run at cutting out a finger joint on the end of a scrap piece of wood

Then he cut a finger joint into another piece of scrap wood

And then tried to put them together

But doh! He didn't cut them deep enough

So he ran the pieces through the table saw again and made a deeper cut and ta da!

And of course Chris is never one to let wood go to waste so he cut out another 2 sides from some scrap, slapped on a bottom and made a nice little storage box for some screws

I was pretty proud of him :)

And now we have an awesome jig whenever we need to build a drawer or box


Kelly C. said...

Can I please, please, please borrow him?? He rocks!!

Shasha Kidd said...

Nice! Thanks for sharing the link.

meryl rose said...

lol, I know, that Mr. Christopher is the best to have around :)

Hope the link comes in handy Shasha!

aptpupil said...

the instructions call for a lot of maple, which we didn't have, so i used poplar/oak which is probably hard enough to last so long as i take care of it and don't become a professional drawer builder. instead of maple i reused some thick finger-jointed pine that is designed for use as a countertop. glue and screw it all together and i found it to be sturdy enough to get a tight fitting joint.

Reuben Collins said...

nice work!