Finger or Comb Joint - How to Make Boxes with Wood

Summary: Finger or comb Joints - The finger or comb joint is ideal for box constructions and are suitable for use with natural woods such as pine and mahogany or even man-made boards such as plywood and MDF. Comb joints are ideal for making boxes from wood - learn how here.

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This a good example of a ‘finger’ or ‘comb’ joint. It is ideal for box constructions and is suitable for use with natural woods such as pine and mahogany or even manmade boards such as plywood and MDF. The joint is strong especially when used with a good quality glue such as PVA (woodworkers adhesive) or cascamite. Finger or comb Joints

Finger or comb Joints If the joint is cut accurately the ‘fingers should fit together without any gaps and the glue ensures that they are virtually indestructible. They are used for a wide range of products including jewellery boxes, cabinet construction, kitchen cupboards and many others.

Here we see the joint before it is glued together. The fingers are lined up with each other and they should slide together, rather like the fingers on you right and left hand when you interlock them. Try forcing your hands apart when they are interlocked - you will find this difficult to do. Finger or comb Joints

The finger joint is marked out and cut in the same way the dovetail joint. The fingers are all cut square as opposed to pins and tails as in the dovetail joint.

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Timber Joints 1 - Halved Joints
Timber Joints 2 - The Tenon
Timber Joints 3 - Dovetail Joints
Timber Joints 4 - Finger Or Comb Joint
Timber Joints 5 - Shoulder / Rebate / Lapped Joint


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