By Jillian Duffy. Woodworking. Published at Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 - 14:25:24 PM.
Back in 7th grade, it was a coat rack you started with. Nothing fancy, just made with some dowels and a shaped piece of wood to sink them into. After it was all glued, sanded and stained, it looked pretty good. After that it was a napkin holder that actually turned out good enough that your Mom put it out on the table at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and made sure to tell all the relatives who made it. (“Awww Mom!”)
These types of boxes were quite crude compared to the boxes you find finger joints in today. This was mainly because they were created using rough chisels as opposed to the modern day routers used by carpenters today. Out of all the woodworking joints the woodworking finger joint is the most durable and trusted when it comes to not having any screws or nails available - I also find the finish looks much more traditional without using nails or screws.
Actually cutting a finger joint ( box joint ) is not as difficult as you first may think. In fact a lot of Do It Yourself stores keep special newbie stencils or jigs for creating your own box joints. I keep on referring to box joints and this can be related to the actual history of the finger joint. centuries ago ( long before the introduction of cardboard and other man made materials ) produce for commercial areas like markets had to be kept and transported in low quality wood boxes. The woodworking finger joint was commonly used in these boxes to hold them together.
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