Making boxes with dovetailed splines without a Kehoe jig

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Blog series by Toolz updated 07-02-2010 09:46 PM 3 parts 12967 reads 19 comments total

Part 1: Dovetail spline jig and splines

06-16-2010 11:06 PM by Toolz | 9 comments »

The first thing I did was to make a simple jig for cutting the dovetail in the mitered box sides to receive the splines I tried cutting the splines on my router table with a 1/2” 14 degree dovetail bit I used to cut the dovetail slots in the box side. Too many problems for me doing this plus it was a scary experience even using a “small parts jig” to hold the pieces. After re-reading the responses to my questions posted here yesterday

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Part 2: Box progress today

06-17-2010 07:54 PM by Toolz | 5 comments »

Today I cut the splines fairly flush with a flush cut saw after taping all around them with blue painters tape. Measured and drilled holes to install SOSS barrel hinges, and rough sanded everything to 120 grit. The first photo is of a maple box in progress. I found a 6’ piece of what appears to be 8/4 maple crown molding and decided it would make a neat box/shallow chest. It will have a spalted maple & walnut laminated top. After flush cutting and sanding box bodies. I did...

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Part 3: Completed Boxes

07-02-2010 09:46 PM by Toolz | 5 comments »

I finally completed the boxes. I lined the inside bottom of the boxes with tobacco colored pigskin. On the two walnut boxes I cut 9/16 leather circles and superglued to the bottom at the corners to protect dresser tops etc. The maple chest has button feet made from maple hole plugs that look like very short mushrooms. Sorry no photos of the feet and bottoms.

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