Spline Jig

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Project by woodsmithshop posted 09-10-2009 10:24 PM 3248 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is the jig I used to make the outside splines on the clock doors I made for my brothers, it is a very simple jig,I set the blade so it is just barely touching the piece of plywood that is against the fence, set your blade height to whatever depth you want for your frame, set a corner of the frame into the jig, and clamp it to the plywood, I used a mag jig to hold the jig against the fence, push the jig through the blade and do not pull back into the blade, you can set the jig so that it cuts in the middle of the frame also. I am sure most of you have seen a jig like this before, and you probably have one already, mine looks crude but it works. when attaching the legs to the ply make sure any screws are above the blade.

-- Smitty!!!

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#1 posted 09-10-2009 10:34 PM

Simple is best. I too have one of these and use it for small boxes. It works a treat.. I will in future be using the Magswitch feather board as shown here. Much safer.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 09-10-2009 10:45 PM

I found also that the cuts are more consistently even when using the magswitch, I just got it the other day and it is already my favorite feather board, very easy to use.

-- Smitty!!!

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#3 posted 09-11-2009 01:53 AM

nice jig… like, I’ve wondered about those mag switch devices… evidently they actually work.

uh, my saw top is aluminum… anybody make a magnet for that, yet? Then, there are those new granite table tops… I see why iron will be popular for years to come.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#4 posted 09-11-2009 02:01 AM

Dusty, as long as you use some kind of feather board to hold the jig tight against the fence you should have no problems

-- Smitty!!!

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#5 posted 09-11-2009 02:10 AM

Nice jig. I need one for my picture frames. Maybe a weekend project for this weekend.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 09-11-2009 03:35 PM


Thanks for the post. I got your PM and really appreciate all the extra explanation.

-- Derrek L.

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#7 posted 03-30-2010 12:40 AM

This is a neat idea! Do you think this setup could work with a router? I want a faster way to make a kehoe joint.

dustyal: I saw someone using a brass fitting tapped into a flat piece of ply or plexi (that has a routed pocket on that faces down) and a vacuum line on a non-ferrous saw deck. Hope that helps.

-- avid termite

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#8 posted 03-31-2010 03:18 AM

I think it would work on a router table, if you are careful with setup, and you would most likely need a miter gauge with the Kehoe Jig though. but I don’t think it would be faster

-- Smitty!!!

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