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Blog entry by danr posted 1660 days ago 1068 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello,

OK, I figured out the picture thing. Most of the photos are cropped off on the right side (as the instructions said they would be). Next time I will take this into account when taking the pics….....

Just wanted to post a quick blog to show a new jig that I have built to cut spline slots for a Greene and Greene table top (i.e. the bread-board ends). I have seen a few ways to do this here on this site and other places (thanks to all LumberJocks for all of the great ideas I have picked up from you).. Maybe this will be helpful to some one else out there.

The primary way I have seen to do this involves using a slot cutter in a hand held router. Frankly this approach scared me to death as I was thinking about the tear out chances. I dont like using slot cutters in general but that is another topic. I have a lot of time in these bread board ends. Internally, I did not use the standard Greene and Greene method (i.e. there are no screws and I used a more traditional stub-tennon and longer tennons pinned from the underside into elongated slots in the tennons at the end (Garret Hack / Shaker style). This is a heavy table / top and I wanted the ends of the top to be strong enough to pick the table up by the ends of the top.

I find making a jig and having it work well to be be one of the best things about wood working. I know lots of you guys and gals like making / using jigs as well.

So anyway here are some photos.

This is a photo of what this jig does. Note that the top, bottom and end of the bread-board are not fllush with the top. Thats another reason why I made this jig.

the cut

This is a photo of the old Frued router sitting on the jig and shows how the jig works. I have a 3/8 spiral up-cut bit in the router.

jig in action

Another photo of the jig in action showing the stops.

another jig in action

Top view.

top view

Bottom view. Notice the piece of 1/4 ~ 3/16 plywood to level out the jig to account for the bread board in over hang from the edge of the top.

bottom view

This is the slot after the ends are squared up and ready for the splines.

final

Hope you enjoy,
danr



11 comments so far

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tooldad

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#1 posted 1660 days ago

I am not seeing pics. Interested in seeing jig. Are you using photobucket for the pics?

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 1660 days ago

Hey Danr
No photos here’s a link to help.

http://lumberjocks.com/GaryK/blog/8899

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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patron

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#3 posted 1660 days ago

no pics , keep trying
garyk did a blog on picture posting

http://lumberjocks.com/garyk/blog/8899

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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danr

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#4 posted 1660 days ago

I think I got it now but the right side is cropped off big time. I will take that into account next time that I take pics and post somthing. Live and Learn

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Jeison

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#5 posted 1660 days ago

If you have a simple photo editor (I use the Paint program that comes with windows) you can resize them pretty quickly before uploading, I have to do that to mine all the time.

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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sras

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#6 posted 1660 days ago

Looks like a good jig! Thanks for sharing!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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David Craig

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#7 posted 1659 days ago

Very nice tenoning jig. I will look at yours when I make mine. Very nice work. I kind of snickered at the first picture. I saw that brown hair thing on the lower right corner and envisioned a really bad toupee :)

Excellent work and thanks for sharing,

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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danr

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#8 posted 1659 days ago

Hi David,

I still have full head of hair (but I’m not sure for how much longer) LOL.

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Eagle1

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#9 posted 1658 days ago

After seeing the jig. I think I will make me one instead of buying one.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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David Craig

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#10 posted 1657 days ago

Hello back Dan, you are doing better than me :) I have a nice bald spot on the back of my head. Matter of fact, I might ask you for that patch of fur. I think it would make a good fit ;)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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robscastle

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#11 posted 52 days ago

The brown hair is actually what we call in Australia a Wood work shop mouse, it keeps guard over the place and at night goes around sweeping and cleaning up when all is quiet.
I have a whole family of them scurrying about at times.
From my knowledge every shop has them, its just that they a very shy and very rarely get photographed

Sometines they can be a bit of a nusiance as they love rolling small drill bits and the like under the bench to play with.

-- Regards Robert

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