If you are into woodworking, a finger joint bit router is a must in your toolbox. This tool helps in lengthening wood works if you want to connect one piece of wood to another. It does make woodworking easier and faster, but I have to say that without the right instructions, it would still be difficult to use. Don't worry, because today, you will learn how to use a finger joint router bit by the end of this article.
It is a tool that creates the accurate spaces that a wood needs in order to have another piece of wood connected to it. Although you could probably do it manually but let's face it, you will just consume a lot of your time and effort when you could've just used this tool and get the work done. This tool usually has carbide teeth that are micro grain in nature with 6 cutters that are detachable. Ideally, you use this for a piece of wood that could go up to 5/8 inches and it could also handle a wood that is 1 to 1/8 inches thick. Now, for the fun part, continue to read on for the complete quick tutorial on how to use this tool.
In the event that your wood pieces don't fit, you can always make an adjustment. To do it, you must determine which part is too thick. From there, you could always change half the distance that two wood were originally set. This will solve the issue and you will have two pieces of wood joined perfectly like a puzzle piece meeting another puzzle piece.
It is not enough that you just leave your project without doing some finishing touches. This process is especially done in woodworking.
Here are some of the things that you must be reminded of before using the finger joint router bit:
1. Measurement: Always keep your wood measurement precise. Although you can always do some adjustments if ever you mess it up, it is still best to be exact when it comes to your measurements. This will save you time and energy and even money.
2. Preparation: Make sure that all your equipment are ready before you start dealing with cutting your wood with a finger joint. Always have your materials in places where you could easily reach them.
3. Follow Instructions: This may sound like a cliche but it is often taken for granted. Don't assume you already know how to use this when you haven't used it before. It may really look so easy but without the right directions for you to follow, you might actually cause some accident on your own.
4: Accessories: You need to wear some protective glasses or goggles for this activity, so your eyes are safe from wood dust and other things that might get in your eyes.
5: Router Plugs: Keep in mind that the router has to be unplugged before you could do any alteration in the bit configuration.
6: Router Table: It is a must to own a router table when using this bit. Others would dare to use a handheld router, which is not safe. Don't be one of those.
7: Spacer: When it comes to slot cutters, never forget to use a spacer between them to make sure that all the ends and sides are even.
This tool is specifically used to join two blocks of wood, which are end-grain in nature. You would often see a finger joint router bit in moldings that are supposed to be painted. This tool is also perfect for joining edge-to-edge wood to make them longer, as long as the wood is flat and straight.
It is always handy to have this in your toolbox because you will never know when you need it, especially if woodworking is something that you do for a living. Nevertheless, it is a must-have and it is good to keep it with you along with the router tables and a coping sled.