Spline Joints

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Blog entry by indianawoodbutcher posted 02-28-2011 12:02 AM 1142 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This may sound like a silly question, but I need someone to do me some good old fashioned learn’n. I keep seeing great box projects with spline joints. I have been wanting to try something like that, but not sure how hit works. How do I cut the slots for the splines? What is the best way to get the splines the exact thickness? Is there excess spline material that must be cleaned out after the box is glued together? Help me out.

I suppose I could use that new fangled Google method to figure this out, but wanted to let my LJ brothers and sisters teach me.

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#1 posted 02-28-2011 12:07 AM

You should at least TRY to find your answer before asking. I googled, and it brought me back to LJ:

This is just one example.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 02-28-2011 03:50 AM

Or you could lay it out and use a handsaw and a chisel. I thought this was a place to learn rance .You can use the search box too works good indianawoodbutcher

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#3 posted 02-28-2011 04:04 AM

Cut the splines with hand saw, table saw, or router. Match thickness of spline to cut. Slide spline in groove with glue. Cut off and trim excess after the glue dries.

Like many woodworking techniques, the concept is simple. The details are in the execution.


-- Go

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#4 posted 02-28-2011 04:59 AM

Not that silly a question as I asked something similar recently here’s the link

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