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Hello, I am trying to wake a wagon wheel out of three peices of 2x material. My idea was to join the three peices using a finger joint router bit but have found this to be more difficult than I thought. Does anyone have suggestions in joining two 1-7/16" thick peices of wood end to end with finger joints? The set-up proceedure is what I really need. Thanks.
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Welcome to the Router Forum bfgpackerguy.

I just have the basics down on finger/box joints but will throw my 2 cents at you. Trying to do that joint which will have some over lap plus an angle will be pretty tough to do plus time consuming. So unless you make a template and have your 3 piece circle allowing for the over lap, doing it with a router may not be the tool of choice.

Tracing out with paper first might be an option and then transfering that on to wood and cutting out with a hand/jig/band saw.

After a quick google this guy How to Make a Replica Wagon Wheel - wikiHow has a fairly easy plan to build a decent looking wagon wheel. The joints can either be biscuits or counter sunk screws.

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Hi Deadeye

finger joints are Not easy, I would suggest using the T & G joints they are very strong and you can use your router table to put them in place easy..

Amazon.com: CMT 800.627.11 Tenon Cutting Router Bit Set: Home Improvement
CMT Orange Tools 800.627.11 Tenon Cutting Router Bit Set, 1/2" Shank

http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shops...ingjnt0911.pdf

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do it like the pictures below with a jig.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBM0RzElvRE

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Hello, I am trying to wake a wagon wheel out of three peices of 2x material. My idea was to join the three peices using a finger joint router bit but have found this to be more difficult than I thought. Does anyone have suggestions in joining two 1-7/16" thick peices of wood end to end with finger joints? The set-up proceedure is what I really need. Thanks.


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Welcome to the router forum.

What is the diameter of the wheels you want to make?

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Finger joints and box joints are not the same. Here is a finger joint router bit

Woodline USA - Finger Joint

It is intended for joining short pieces of wood to make longer "paint grade" stock. If you were cutting pieces of material to make a rim for a wheel you could probably use it to join the ends of the wheel rim segments together.

Is this what you are trying to do?

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