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Spline Cutting Jig

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Project by Triman posted 1924 days ago 4407 views 20 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a few boxes last year and got hooked. However, the spline cutting was somewhat tedious. So, I finally broke down and built this jig. Since then, I cut spline slots in about 20 boxes, with 2 to 5 slots per corner. I’m still figuring out how to more precisely place the slot, (especially when cutting at an angle and placing multiple slots), but I’m getting better as I go….I hope. The jig definitely removes a number of variables.

-- Bruce, San Jose, Ca www.spotofwood.com





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HokieMojo

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#1 posted 1924 days ago

looks good. also looksl ike something similar could be used to do dovetail splines on a router table.

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Quentin

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#2 posted 1924 days ago

I love the idea of putting a stop block on a t-track, I think I’m going to remake my spline jig the same way! Thanks for the idea.

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Russel

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#3 posted 1924 days ago

Nicely designed jig. I’m going to have replace mine with something like yours.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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jim1953

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#4 posted 1923 days ago

Nice Jig

-- Jim, Kentucky

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 1923 days ago

Looks GREAT…I think Charlie was looking for an upgrade to his latest jig ….Thanks for posting : )

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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Chris

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#6 posted 1859 days ago

Looks great. Two things you’ve done better than mine: the stop block and using both slots on the table.

-- Chris

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Triman

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#7 posted 1857 days ago

Yes, using both slots helps to keep it moving smoothly without any binding.

The stop was added later. I was using a chunk of wood and a spring clamp. I got tired of messing with it, so out of laziness, I added the t-track and stop block. Much quicker and accurate!

-- Bruce, San Jose, Ca www.spotofwood.com

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nmkidd

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#8 posted 1616 days ago

Looks very useful…..simple construction…..even a I (the guy with all thumbs) could build and use it.
Good job.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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hasbeen99

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#9 posted 1615 days ago

“I love the idea of putting a stop block on a t-track, I think I’m going to remake my spline jig the same way! Thanks for the idea.”

What Quentin said! Nice one!

-- "The only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself in love." --Galatians 5:6

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SNSpencer

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#10 posted 1595 days ago

Looks like I will have to take some pictures of my feather key jig, very much like yours except I installed a “no finger” barrier/cover. There is no way to accidently forget where the saw blade exits the jig on the backside and cause an accident. Even if you do, the area where the blade runs is completely enclosed. Only one suggestion for your jig. Install a “stability” strip on the topside, very front edge. Something taller than your max cut height. That way you have a “bridge” to keep the jig from warping/twisting on the front (new strip) and the back (your existing cradle).

-- Jef Spencer - Refined Pallet - http://www.etsy.com/shop/RefinedPallet

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Triman

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#11 posted 1595 days ago

Thanks Jef, that’s a good idea. I need to do the same thing to my crosscut sled. Since I do a lot of 0 degree to 90 degree cuts, I now have a gaping hole at the far end, and eventually, it may break thru, and there would go my stability and alignment!

-- Bruce, San Jose, Ca www.spotofwood.com

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