Scrap Pine Box with Walnut Splines

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Project by KE4NYV posted 08-01-2014 01:40 AM 1211 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a spline cutting sled and wanted to try it out. This box was built out of some scrap pine board I had laying around. The splines were cut from a junk scrap piece of black walnut that was cut from a good board. I just used some wipe on poly for finish. Nothing spectacular, but brought out the color nicely.

-- Jason R.

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#1 posted 08-01-2014 06:38 PM

There’s just something about boxes, I never get tired of them. It’s amazing what you can do with a little scrap wood. This looks great and the keys really stand out. I’m about to build a miter jig myself, hopefully this weekend.

-- Richard- Tulsa, Oklahoma

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#2 posted 08-01-2014 06:53 PM

Thanks, Richard. I had an extra panel sled I built, but cut the edge wrong, not aligning with the blade, so it pretty much got thrown into the scrap heap. Fast forward a month and I realized I could use it for my segmented bowl section cutting. I re-purposed it with a miter fence, but decided it was too big, so I ripped a whole 8” section off, including the hardwood runners. I took that ripped off section and built my spline slot cutting jig onto that. It was pretty easy. I took some scrap 3/4” birch that was about 16”x20” and ripped it in half at a 45 degree miter. Flipped one side around and made the miters meet, facing down on the board. Some glue, a few brads and a framing square to make sure everything was aligned and I had my jig.

-- Jason R.

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#3 posted 08-04-2014 03:32 PM

Very nice work. it reminds me of the first box i made from the book of boxes by Doug Stowe, it is also very similar in design.
i notice that the splines appear very thin. was it made on the band saw?

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#4 posted 08-04-2014 06:32 PM

I notice that the splines appear very thin. was it made on the band saw?

I made them on the table saw.

-- Jason R.

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