What are Finger Joints?
In woodwork and manufacturing, a finger joint is also known as a comb or box joint. This is when two pieces of wood are joined together and glued. Complementary shapes are cut on each piece of wood so that they can connect together end to end or side by side. Fitting is very precise as they need to fit and grip together accurately without any gaps. This joint is strong and needs no extra support especially when used with good quality glue such as PVC. To visualise a finger joint interlock your fingers together.
What is Pinewood?
Pinewood is a type of softwood that has a clear and knotty appearance. It is inexpensive and lightweight. It has excellent strength and elasticity and can be finished with all kinds of paint. Its easy machinability allows it to be cut into different shapes and sizes.
Types of Finger Joints
The finger joints can be a pointed or square shaped. Pointed fingers are used mostly to make wood longer while rectangular shaped finger joints are used more for construction of furniture and joining corners of frames and boxes. Finger joints can be classified as structural or non-structural. Non-structural finger joints are short with blunt tips while structural finger joints are generally longer with sharp tips. The length of the fingers determines how strong the joint will be.
What are the Benefits of Finger Joined Pine Wood?
Finger joints are used to make box shapes and allow planks to be longer. A long plank of finger jointed pine consists of smaller pieces of pine wood joined together to make long consistent lengths. Finger-jointed pine is used for manufacturing and designing different elements for wooden frames and wooden legs for furniture such as; windows, doors, cabinets, tables, shelves, chairs and more. This type of joint is a strong and aesthetically pleasing one and can make a seemingly ordinary object come alive with design and style.
Why do we use Finger Jointed Pine Wood in our windows?
Here at Marvin Architectural, we believe that wood is still the most suitable and sympathetic material. When it comes to appearance, wood wins the prize for its natural beauty and texture. Some benefits of using finger jointed pine wood in windows include:
- Better durability
- More structure to the wood
- Bigger sizes with a slim appearance
- Fine profiles
- Narrow sightlines
- Light and lower in density which means its easier to handle in terms of Laminating
- Great at absorbing paint and oil which allows you to get a beautiful finish
- More economical as softwood grows faster than hardwoods