ADJUSTING SLEEVES FOR FINGER JOINT CUTTERS
A set of adjusting sleeves is part of jig packages and template upgrades for cutting F5 and F15 finger joints.
However, it is possible to purchase a set of sleeves to replace those that are lost or damaged. If you need to replace a particular sleeve colour, please contact us [via the ‘enquire’ page or call us].
About adjusting sleeves…
When cutting finger joints, the box maker can adjust the tightness or looseness of a joint by changing the coloured sleeve on the cutter bearing. Remember: do not change the shims in the straight side of the jig body…this is only for adjusting dovetail joints.
Each sleeve makes a 0.05mm incremental adjustment to a joint:
|Sleeve colour||Diameter mm||Comment|
|Blue||14.60||The largest diameter sleeve|
|Green||14.55||If the joint is too loose, change to a larger diameter sleeve.|
|Red||14.50||Red is the mid-range sleeve, which is the base point for a good fit.|
|Purple||14.45||If the joint is too tight, change to a smaller diameter sleeve.|
|Gold||14.40||The smallest diameter sleeve|
Changing sleeves: the sleeves have a slight lip below the bearing to hold them in place. To change a sleeve with the cutter in the router, rest both hands on the table and use a finger on both sides to push up the sleeve. Don’t just pull the sleeve off from above the cutter—you might cut your fingers.
Once you have adjusted the cutter to get a good fit, you should get the same fit every time, no matter what timber thickness timber you use.
Your instruction manual has full details on cutting finger joints to get the best out of your templates!
Please note: postage will be added to purchases when we process your order.