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Adding Corner Splines To A Box With Frontal Drawers

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Blog entry by Blackie_ posted 01-01-2017 01:00 AM 1490 reads 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve had some members inquire on how I add splines to my box drawers so I thought I’d put together a how-to on how I do it.

Your project might differ than mine but this will give you the how to along with the concept. My boxes consist of split drawers that require three cuts yours may consist of a single drawer that runs the length of the bottom of the box in which would require only a single cut the length of the box.

I’ll try and explain as best as I can on the pictures below if you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Get all of your walls cut along with miters and pull the front wall aside.


Showing where the miters have been cut.


Measure the size of your drawer front and mark your cut line on the face of the front wall. You can use a tablesaw if you’re only making a single cut the length of the box but a bandsaw is better as it doesn’t remove as much material as a tablesaw blade.


Showing after pieces cut.


Sanding the blade marks.


Showing how they lay out.


I like to allow 5 mins for the end grain to soak up the glue then apply a second application of glue.


After everything has dried, what it looks like, once again your box will look different as you won’t have an inner core box on the inside.


It’s now time to glue your drawer fronts to your constructed drawers, I use 1/8” spacers set inside of the drawer cavity that lay on the back wall to set the drawers to stick up just enough so that the drawer fronts meet the drawer to be glued too and then tape and clamp.


Showing after the drawer fronts have been glued to the drawers.


Tape the drawers in place to the box and mark your spline cuts take care not to cut a spline where the drawer meets the box.


Showing where the drawer front meets the box, don’t cut a spline in this area.


After splines have been cut.

Separate the drawers from the box.


Glue splines in place.


Once they’ve dried remove access on bandsaw.


Use a dremel tool with a #60 sanding drum to remove the spline that you’re not able to reach with a blade.


After you’ve sandier the access away.


The final outcome.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs



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DocSavage45

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#1 posted 01-01-2017 01:20 AM

Randy,

The band saw box is the core of your work. I get to see it here. Pictures 25 and 26? No comment there. Is it a jig for the band saw?

Happy New Year my friend.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Blackie_

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#2 posted 01-01-2017 01:23 AM

No bandsaw jigs Tom, just the tablesaw jig for cutting the splines. I’m just real careful not to allow the blade to nick the walls.

Thanks and Happy New Year.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Cheapguy82

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#3 posted 01-01-2017 01:29 AM

What a neat way to do things…and the end products are awesome, Randy. Thanks so much for taking the time to post and explain! Happy New Year, bud!

-- Stephen - Georgia

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EugdOT

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#4 posted 01-01-2017 05:39 AM

What a great tutorial, thanks for sharing, your end product is definitely a wonderful work of art. Happy new year.

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Blackie_

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#5 posted 01-01-2017 11:16 AM

Thanks everyone glad I could help. Please don’t hesitate if any questions.

This box will be posted soon as a project, the wood used on this box was Spalted Texas Cedar Elm.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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grizzman

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#6 posted 01-01-2017 03:37 PM

i made a tablesaw sled with a removeable jig to put your boxes in to cut slots for splines, it works great and is easy to use, here is a picture if anyone wants to look at it

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Blackie_

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#7 posted 01-01-2017 03:55 PM

That’s a nice one Grizz, mine is a bit different, it rides the fence and small enough to hang on the wall.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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splintergroup

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#8 posted 01-01-2017 03:57 PM

Excellent writeup!

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grizzman

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#9 posted 01-01-2017 04:05 PM

hey Randy, i hang mine at the end of my workbench, which is just behind me and over to the left, its very handy, and when I don’t need the slot jig it comes off with just a few screws, another tool that is very handy to make slots is the biscuit slot cutter, its very versatile and works really well, because of its size it does really well if you have some strange areas that might be a challenge to get to.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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DocSavage45

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#10 posted 01-01-2017 06:27 PM

Happy New Year ! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Roger

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#11 posted 01-01-2017 08:08 PM

Another gr8 way to do splines. Thnx for the pictorial Randy.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Blackie_

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#12 posted 01-01-2017 10:54 PM

I never thought about using my biscuit slot cutter.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Tooch

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#13 posted 01-01-2017 11:21 PM

Thanks for the “peek behind the curtain” to see how the wizard assembles his unique boxes. very nicely documented, Randy; you should seek out publication from Popular Woodworking.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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Blackie_

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#14 posted 01-02-2017 12:01 PM

Thanks for the confidence Tooch.:)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 01-03-2017 04:33 PM

Thanks for the show and tell!

You do nice work, Randy!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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