How to make finger joints in woodworking?

Hold the wood pieces together with the help of this finger joints which are incredibly helpful as well. It forms a strong and steady corners and joints. In woodworking, these finger joints are used to create functional as well as beautifully decorative boxes.

How about making some creative yet classy woodworking boxes using these finger joints? Finger joints may be simple in the looks, but the utility is just fantastic for creating boxes and other stuff.

Well! Then, here is a fantastic guide to making finger joints in woodworking. Have a look at this:

What are the things that are needed to make finger joints?

To create finger joints, you will need certain things such as-

  • Screwdriver
  • 4 clamps
  • Miter saw
  • Dado blade
  • Thick 2-foot-by-6-foot board
  • Thick wooden boards
  • Pencil
  • Thickness planer
  • Wood screw
  • Measuring tape
  • Wood glue

How to make Finger Joints in Woodworking?

  1. To make finger joints, cut off 35-inches long wooden board and leave the rest of the board to use as the extension of the miter saw gauge. In the wooden board, measure a length of approx 14 inches and draw an outline with a pen.
  2. On the miter saw, place the dado blade correctly and put its width so as to match the thickness of the wooden board which you will be using to create the finger joint.
  3. You must have a miter saw table to place the miter gauge extension and markup at the center of the dado blade with a pencil. Cut it accordingly and then measure few inches and again mark it. Now cut the marked line to make the very first finger of the joint.
  4. To make the key to the finger joint, you need to cut the other board. Now put the key on the first cut and make it secured with the help of a screw to set it below the wood’s surface. Now line up the second cut that you’ve done with the dado blade and then make it secured enough with the extension gauge to the saw miter with a suitable clamp.
  5. To make the finger joint, the wood that you will be using, take that and make it stand on the end corner set flat against the extension part and keep another edge of it against the finger joint jig key. Now clamp it at the right place pushing the wood forward along the dado blade. You can use the extension guide to take help in cutting the wood in a correct size and shape.
  6. Bring the board right back towards the blade and then place the cut-out section over the key. You can also use the key as a guide to make the second cut. Continue to cut the fingers on the board and then shift on to the second board after finishing the first. Attach the finger joints and the stick a clamp onto them to hold it together in a place.