“What is finger jointing?” Question of the Week 10.01.15
‘What is finger jointing?’
Our second ‘Question of the Week’ this January is from Jane in Felixstowe, who whilst researching her new worktops has come across the phrase ‘finger jointing’ on our website, and would like to know what exactly it means.QUESTION: “I’m trying to decide which of your lovely wooden worktops to order, and when reading through some of the literature on your website I’ve noticed the term finger jointing – what does this mean?” ANSWER:
I’m glad to hear you are considering one of our timber worktops – they’re a great choice for a kitchen counter and many other surfaces.
Apart from our full stave worktops, all the wooden worktops on our website are created by joining a number of timber segments together; these separate pieces of solid wood are known as staves.
To join these staves together in a fashion that is both aesthetically pleasing and resilient to the stresses and strains that may be placed upon the surface, we choose a finger joint. This type of joint gets its name from two interlocking hands, (which it resembles) and relies partially on frictional force to hold the staves together, along with a small amount of glue.
There are a number of different types of finger joint: square finger joints can often be seen at the corner of boxes and drawers, whilst a stepped finger joint uses smaller rectangular ‘fingers’ for a more intricate look and stronger hold.
Our joint of choice is known as a ‘feather’ finger joint, which uses triangular fingers that are cut using an electric router. These fingers form the strongest possible join whilst looking by far the most attractive of any type of joint.
Hopefully this answers your query, but if you have any further queries about the construction of our worktop, or any other aspect of our products, feel free to get in touch.
All the best,
Ben @ Worktop Express
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