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Box/Angle Joints Finger & Dovetail

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The Dovetail joint is the most common Box and Angle joint in the wood woodworking industry. This joint is most famous for it's strength and design often placed on the sides of draws in a cabinet and on some wooden chessboards.

Finger & Dovetail Joints

Box/Angle Joints

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Finger Video

The finger joint box joint is made by cutting a set of symetricl rectangular cuts in two pieces of wood, which are then glued probably because they are so ideal for joining the sides of a small wooden container.

Before the creation of the dovetailing jigs, dovetails were cut by hand, and some woodworkers today still prefer the old basic method. The steps are simple: 1. Plane or cut the ends of the two pieces of timber square.2. Mark the line of each piece, equal to the width of the adjoining piece of wood.3. Mark the ends of the tails at the desired angle.4. Cut the Tails with a Dovetailing saw.5. Remove the waste between the tails.6. Using the completed tails, mark the tails on the opposite board.7. Cut the tails and clean the waste.

1. PLane or cut the ends of two pieces of timber square.2. Mark the line of each piece, equal to the width of the board.mark the fingers at intervals of around 10mm - 20mm on a 90 degree angle.3. cut the fingers with a dovetail saw, tennon saw or a triton table with circular saws.4. with one side completed mark out the other board in the same fassion making sure that the fingers interlace with each other

Srengths of the finger joints is that it can hold a box together with strength but the weakness are that if you applied pressure to two adjacent side it can turn and warp.. these fingers are cut perfectly rectangular making a little weaker than the dovetail joint.

Strengths of dovetail joints.the dovetail joint is one of te strongest joints in the wood working industry. this is due to the tails thick at one end and thin down the other end not allowing the two pieces of wood to slip out of each other making it a strong box/angle joint. the only weakness i can think of are that the tails can be cut to thin and could snap or chip off.


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