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Thread: Uneven Finger Joints - G&G Style

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    Uneven Finger Joints - G&G Style

    A few folks have asked about how I make the finger joints I use in my G&G-looking stuff. I thought I had done a bit of a tutorial before but, in looking I realize that is not so (it was all in my mind again).

    The next piece I make that employs large irregular finger joints will become a source for a higher quality how-to just in case it can help someone. In the meantime, here are a few pics and a verbal explanation that I hope will answer some more immediate inquiries ;-)

    First let me point you to a very talented G&G enthusiast, David O. Wade. His method is nothing like mine but is shown here and I intend to try it sometime (I know Rennie already has). David is a great guy. Very talented and very open about sharing tips and techniques. If you catch a G&G, Art & Crafts, Craftsman and / or Mission oriented show that he is present for, drop in and check him and his stunning work out.

    I use a tablesaw, dado stack, sled and a sacrificial fence in my method. The sacrificial fence acts as a backer for a clean exit wound. I set the dado stack generally narrower than the cut I plan to make but, at the final height. This approach can be adjusted to suit your saw’s power, dado stack and material.

    (Don't let the two cuts in the sac-fence throw you. I was experimenting).

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    I take the time to clamp the stock to the sled’s fence (and the sac-fence) for each pass. This is a bit bothersome but, results in very clean results when making multiple passes to achieve final width. I start with the cut that I want in the left-most part of the material.

    I use a stop block and the clamp to stabilize the piece I am cutting. The stop block becomes my unchanging reference surface. I then add setup blocks (commercial or shop made) to provide the change in position from the stop block by known and repeatable increments.

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    Clamp, cut, unclamp, add setup block, repeat . . . That’s about it and perhaps a full set of photos in a later thread will clarify anything I have missed.

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    Last edited by glenn bradley; 05-06-2011 at 02:21 AM. Reason: Fixed Video URL
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    falcon heights, minnesota
    i had seen this one before, and found it interesting. but if i do something like this glenn, i find that your method would be a bit easier, and less time consuming.

    "oh golly darn"? sounded almost as funny as when i was working with a guy, and he got frustrated with something and said, oh pony poop
    benedictione omnes bene

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    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean
    Glenn, you do beautiful work. With that said---I don't post to most of your threads because I don't want to be taken for one of those proud papas who is always bragging about their kid. Of course I am a proud papa, however I try to restrain the bragging bit.


    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.

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