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finger jointsIt’s hard to fathom, but finger joints are a relatively new joinery method for Frank Klausz, because why not just cut dovetails when you need a box?  In fact, when we filmed the video below (2014), he’d cut his first finger joints but two weeks before. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t know what he’s talking about – after all, Frank has been a woodworker for longer than I’ve been alive; he hung out his Frank’s Cabinet Shop shingle in New Jersey in 1967, after learning the craft in his native Hungary and emigrating to the United States.

Below, he shows you his table saw jig for cutting perfect finger joints.

— Megan Fitzpatrick

For more joinery instruction from Frank Klausz (7+ hours), download his “Joinery Master Class” video.

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  • aschaffter

    Frank is a master, yet look at the effort that was required to make this joint, where just a few thousandths of an inch can mean the difference between a joint that fits and one that doesn’t. He cuts one set of joints then must mess with the dado stack to cut the mating pieces. And, he must make a new jig and do that with every size joint he makes. As long as he going to use power tools, someone needs to introduce him to the INCRA I-BOX. It makes it is so much easier and quicker to make perfect box joints with an I-BOX.

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