Jeff Greef Woodworking
Cut out list- Finger Joint Jewelry Box2- 1/2 x 3 5/8 x 12 lower front and rear
2- 1/2 x 3 5/8 x 8 lower sides
2- 1/2 x 1 7/8 x 12 lid front and rear
2- 1/2 x 1 7/8 x 8 lid sides
2- 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 11 1/4 top and bottom
2- 1/8 x 1 3/8 x 7 1/4 lower dividers
2- 1/2 x 7/8 x 10 1/2 shelf front and rear
2- 1/2 x 7/8 x 5 1/2 shelf sides
1- 1/8 x 5 1/2 x 10 1/2 shelf bottom
4- 1/8 x 7/8 x 4 3/4 shelf dividers
2- 1/8 x 7/8 x 7 5/8 shelf dividers
1- 1/2 x 2 x 4 1/2 ring insert
2- 1/4 x 1/2 x 1 shelf hinge spacers
2- 1/4 x 3/8 x 3 1/2 levers
Feet, at whatever chosen configuration
1/8" dowels, 1/4" dowels
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The first step on this project, after cutting out all your parts according to the list, is to cut all the finger joints. See the article on this site titled Finger Joints for an explanation of this procedure. Note that you should begin cutting each joint for the outer sides (other than the shelf) on the edge where the lid and lower box meet. By so doing the finger joints at the meeting of box and lid will not have any half-fingers.
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After the finger joints, cut grooves into the box sides, fronts, and rears for the top and bottom. These grooves must be stopped at the finger joints or else there will be voids visible in the fingers from the outside. Set up on a router table with a fence and stop blocks located at either end of the fence to locate the ends of the grooves as in photos 1 and 2. Put a 3/16" diameter straight flute bit in the router and raise it to 1/8" above the table. Set the fence 1/2" from the outside of the bit. With the part butted against one of the stop blocks slowly drop the part down onto the cutter while holding the part against the fence. Push it along the fence to complete the cut, then lift it away from the cutter. Cut the dadoes for the partitions in the bottom of the box in a similar way. While making these cuts keep your fingers as far from the bit as you can, and never pass your fingers directly over the bit, even though it is covered by wood.
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