# Another step forward

So for kerf was there some reason why the basic “stroke to path” or offset methods didn’t work? They’re generally pretty trivial to do for shapes like fingerjointed boxes, but maybe there was some additional factor at work here?

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Probably the additional factor is that I don’t know what the heck you’re talking about. I use Affinity, and if there is such a process, I don’t know what it is. Yet.

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Thank you, Peggy! The weather is ‘glowrious’ today…Spring has finally arrived. Keeping a project on the small side prevents bigger waste of material, that’s for sure.

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In Affinity it’s Layer --> Expand Stroke.

Happy birthday!

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Thank you, Ruth! I’ve used expand stroke for other things, but I’ve not a clue how to use that to make finger joints.

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Nice work on both the project and figuring it out. Happy Birthday too!

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If you do a stroke to path operation wouldn’t you need to account for the kerf in the depth of the fingers too? Or would it magically work out because there are two surfaces both being moved forward by one-kerf?

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Happy cake-day! I must say, that box is simply lustrous. A perfect example of why it’s fine to just be a box sometimes

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The latter. There are other threads that talk about the process, but basically if you want to cut the outline of a shape and add a kerf compensation you need to offset the path by half a kerf “out”. The simplest way to do it is to use either an offset function or to set the stroke to be a kerf width and then convert the stroke to a path.

Here’s a detailed post:

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Happy Birthday @Xabbess!

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The only way I’ve been able to make it work in my own head is to make the holes, not the fingers. You kind of have to reverse your thinking, but for some reason it just works better for me to subtract holes from my parts rather than trying to add fingers to them.

Maybe I’ll do a tutorial, if I can figure out how to explain it.

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Thank you so much! My pleasure, as well.

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When and if you have the time, I’d love that. I’d like to learn to do it the proper way, which is most likely much easier than the way I’m doing it now. Thanks.

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Haha! I’m not sure mine is the “proper” way! It’s just the way I do it.

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Well, to me, any different ways of doing stuff is good. Then I can choose which works for me the best.

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It is quite amazing how you made it a desk ornament rather than a box per se. It is amazing how something considered objectionable ( trace iron in glass) could work out so well…

I never liked the large tabs but or really like when the fingers are equal or less than the thickness of the materials. This is especially true where there increased faces to reflect.
I assume you have played with the boxes.py that makes it easy to set stuff up even though a bit of a pain to clean up.

On and BTW have a most happy birthday

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Great job on the box girl!

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