Tablesaw spline jig for picture frames

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Blog entry by AndyR posted 07-20-2009 12:48 AM 9713 reads 18 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this kind of “quick and dirty” jig for cutting splines in the corners of picture frames today and thought I’d share. The frame in the clamp is cherry. I’ll post a pic of the finished frames…when they’re finished. The jig seems to work well, so far. I used to just put a couple of brads in each corner, I think this should be stronger. The miters were cut with a “Lion miter trimmer” I’ve not made a lot of jigs so this one took some time, probably a couple of hours. Hope this helps someone.

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#1 posted 07-20-2009 02:23 AM

Good idea :-))

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#2 posted 07-20-2009 03:56 AM

I like this design with the clamp. I think I will copy it for an upcoming project. Thanks for sharing


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#3 posted 07-21-2009 06:47 PM

That clamp idea is priceless. The key is the loose triangular shaped piece.

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#4 posted 07-22-2009 01:20 AM

Thanks for the comments.
It works really well. One thing to note, and this may be obvious, but if you assemble with screws, make sure to keep them out of the possible path of the blade. If you’re wondering, no I didn’t hit any screws-just thought about that as I was assembling it.


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#5 posted 07-22-2009 02:42 AM

Well done Andy great jig

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#6 posted 01-01-2010 05:20 AM

Nice one Andy.

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#7 posted 01-13-2010 07:59 AM

I Like this design as well.
Thanks for sharing

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#8 posted 02-08-2010 03:18 PM

I’ll have to make one of these soon, thanks for posting

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