Often asked: How To Make A Wooden Box With Finger Joints?

Can you make box joints by hand?

Box joints,as mentioned,were designed for machines to cut. To cut them by hand is not the best way to expend your effort: They are much more trouble to cut (unless you make them huge! Then they don’t look as nice.),and they do not resist coming apart,at least in one direction,like dovetails do.

Do you glue box joints?

Joints that are cut properly should come together smoothly. The big advantage of box joints is the large amount of gluing surface the interlocking fingers create. So it only takes a small amount of glue to create a rock-solid joint. In fact you don’t need to put glue on every surface.

How do you make a sturdy wooden box?


  1. Cut all of your wood pieces on a table saw to the measurements listed above.
  2. Once the pieces are cut, sand any rough edges.
  3. Prime and paint all the pieces.
  4. Lay one of the sides of your box face down on a table or flat surface.
  5. Glue with wood glue.
  6. Repeat with the second side and the other 2 supports.

What machine do we cut box finger joints on?

Cutting finger joints requires a special bit used with a hefty router in a router table, or a finger-joint cutter used with a shaper.

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