Clamp jig for hand cut mitre splines

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Project by bluekingfisher posted 03-29-2016 09:50 PM 1188 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a plan for this jig in an old woodworking book, long before the days of power tools were the major factor in the wood shop. Made from scraps, it is held in the bench vise to securely hold two mitred parts such as a picture frame while a saw kerf is cut to take a spline.

Hopefully the pictures can provide you with a better description than my attempt at describing it. The batten affixed near the bottom assists in both holding it in the vise while allowing the mitred parts to,clear the jaws of the vise. The clamp bar rides on two trammels pins. Small springs on the bars (photo 3) provide a little tension when releasing the clamp bar. A butterfly nut is all that is required to hold the parts in place while sawing the kerf(s).

Good luck


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#1 posted 03-30-2016 12:39 AM

I like this one ,nice and simple and I like clamps and jigs the more the better .


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#2 posted 03-30-2016 01:45 AM

Interesting design. Have to look into this, thanks for posting.

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#3 posted 03-30-2016 07:13 AM

Looks like a handy jig. Thanks

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#4 posted 03-30-2016 08:22 AM

Looks like a useful jig David. Do you use veneer pieces for the splines?

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#5 posted 03-30-2016 12:21 PM

Nice jif for some more hand work

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#6 posted 03-30-2016 02:51 PM

This is a nice jig. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 03-30-2016 03:09 PM

Another very nice jig!

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#8 posted 03-30-2016 05:50 PM

Thanks for taking the time out to comment fellas a and making it a daily top three lol

Jim – Not as such, although taking a wafer thin shaving on the table saw is my usual method



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