Finger Joints in Woodworking

Sermin Yesilada and Vijayeta Davda

Finger joints are a type of joint where two pieces of material that come together with intersecting complementary rectangular cuts.  Similar to a dovetail joint, finger joints are usually cut at 90 degree angles, but can also be triangular.

The strength of the joint depends on the gluing surface.  Longer joints are stronger:

Finger joint strength

Finger joint strength

Strength: Long grain to long grain joints with ample gluing surface.

Aesthetic qualities: Can vary spacing and sizes of fingers to create a design

Weakness: Must be glued, or it will pull apart.


Originated in created wooden boxes or crates

Finger jointed long lumber pieces


Decorative boxes


Created by cutting kerfs into the wood on a table saw.  The blade gauge determines the width and multiple passes can expand the joint width.

Cutting Finger Joints video


AceCo Precision Tools.  2008. (1 Feb 2013.)

Popular Wood Working Magazine.  “Greene & Greene Finger Joint.”  F&W Media Inc. 2010. (1 Feb 2013.)

“Shop Notes.” No. 110. August 2010. <; (1 Feb 2013.)


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