Finger joints can be cut in multiple ways like with the handheld or router table but in this article, I will discuss how to make a finger joint with a router? Using router finger joints become more easy and attractive.
Finger joints a simple version of the dovetail joints, sometimes also called a box joint and a comb joint. But sometimes its thinner and slight cut make it different with the box joint.
A more attractive thing is that you can make corners of boxes instead of using dovetail joints.
Having a set of fingers along the edges of one or more piece of wood which interlock and then glued together. Commonly used for making the pieces of boats, kitchen equipment, molding and trim, home equipment like door construction, etc.
Keep in mind: box joint and finger joint are different.
A specific router bit and a cutter require for making a finger joint with a router. There are two types of jointer cutters. A comb jointer cutter and a finger jointer cutter. Both have their unique feature.
A comb jointer cutter produces fingers and grooves which have square shape but finger jointed cutter produces fingers and grooves with slightly thin edges.
Before knowing how to make a finger joint with a router, you have to know about the jointer cutters, their size their fixed and adjustable parts. The jointer cutter which has adjustable parts can be changed. This will help you to make different size of boards or pieces of wood more flexible.
First thing you have to know the required things used for making finger joints.
- Router table
- Two pieces of wood
- Router bit (specific for finger joints) if you don’t this bit then check it and buy now.
How to make a finger joint with a router?
Here I am will tell you an easy technique for making finger joints. A step-by-step guide for making a finger joint with the router bit is:
Before you begin
Install the finger joint router bit
Place the router bit in the router table. Set up according to your need. Finger joint router bit has 6 blades, five is thinner and the one is thicker. If your working piece is large then you can use all of the blades but if your working wood is thinner then you can change the blades and adjust according to the wood.
Mark the sides of the wood
Take two pieces of wood, a pencil, and a marking gauge. Mark on the edges of both pieces of wood you want to make fingers.
Prepare the router table
Set the height of the router bit and tighten it in the table. Move the fence forward and tight its both end. Now ready for routing.
Start routing the first piece of wood
Push the first piece of wood along the finger joint router bit with the help of supporter and start routing.
Start routing the second piece of wood
Do the same thing as you did with the first piece of wood. Place the second marking piece on the table and push along the router bit. This is the easy way to do.
Glue both pieces of wood and finis
Now glue both pieces to combine. Finger joints are ready. If you wanted to make a box then use four pieces of wood. It’s up to you.Note: Always try your work first on to the rough piece of wood then your working wood.