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Boxland: Work Stations and Boxing Tips #7: Process For Setting Depth for Spline Cuts

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Blog entry by Boxguy posted 03-11-2013 02:11 AM 2365 reads 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Setting up saw blades for slot cuts in box corners.

Here is a quick way to set up your saw for cutting spline slots using a spline cutting jig and a dado blade. This method involves no measuring and take only a minute or two.

The trick is to use brass set up bars.

I keep my set close to the dado saw in my shop.

Hold the largest bar on a 45 degree angle on the corner of the box.

Add other bars until you get a combination that is just a little under the width of the box corner.

Now move these bars to the saw blade and crank it up or down until you have matched the height of the saw blade and the height of the set up bars. A finger touch will tell you when they are even. The blade tooth needs to be top dead center when you measure.

Now you can cut your spline slots without fear of cutting through your box corners. Have fun and look at my blog tutorial on how to build a slot cutting jig.

-- Big Al in IN



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indgreg

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#1 posted 03-11-2013 03:13 AM

thanks for advice ive yet to try a spline n boxes but want to try this will help

-- greg indiana

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indgreg

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#2 posted 03-11-2013 03:15 AM

thanks for advice ive yet to try a spline n boxes but want this will help

-- greg indiana

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woodshaver

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#3 posted 03-11-2013 03:15 AM

Now that a good way to do it! Thanks Al !

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 03-11-2013 04:57 AM

Seems quick and speedy, thanks Big Al

-- 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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#5 posted 03-11-2013 10:44 AM

Great tip.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 03-11-2013 02:03 PM

Thanks for the great new way to use my set up bars.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#7 posted 03-12-2013 09:41 PM

As Lynrd Skynrd sang: “be a simple…........kind of man” That’s a gr8 tip Al

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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