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Corner spline jig

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Project by sras posted 09-22-2010 05:24 PM 10046 views 42 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to post my two previous jig projects so I could show you what I built this weekend!

I have been working on a box that needed splines in the corners (more on that later). I knew I needed a jig to help me cut the slots for the splines and I just felt like making a nice one.

The fun thing about this project was that I just used scrap materials and designed as I went. I had to think a bit about how to get the fence adjustment to fit.

The box has two oak ends. There are formica covered plywood side panels and cradle sides (does the formica look familiar?). These panels are positioned on plywood supports on the inside of the oak ends (see pic #2).

The assembly locks into place onto my crosscut sled using one of the pivot holes for the miter fence.

A t-slot rail on the top of the box allows me to position the fence so I can locate the slots accurately.

The box is wide enough for a 5” tall piece to be placed on either side of the blade. If I happen to need slots cut on a wider piece, I can lay a 1/2” piece of stock in each side of the cradle and extend the piece past the V-shaped opening on the left side. I can also re-position the jig along the t-slot rail on my crosscut sled.

I probably spent more time making this jig than I will using it, but I had fun and that was the point!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 09-22-2010 05:47 PM

Very cool, Look fwd to making one of these.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 09-22-2010 05:54 PM

Such a cool jig, I love the movable fence.
Best thoughts,
MaFe

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 09-22-2010 06:11 PM

Great looking jig

Thanks

-- http://shepherdtoolandsupply.com/

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yuri

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#4 posted 09-22-2010 08:24 PM

Sras, very cool looking jig! I guess it works even better.

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#5 posted 09-22-2010 08:40 PM

Time well spent here!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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Chip

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#6 posted 09-22-2010 10:07 PM

Excellent Steve. This and the table saw sled are amazing pieces of design and engineering. Rolls Royce of jigs. Thanks for sharing them with us.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Time2beupinAZ

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#7 posted 09-22-2010 10:32 PM

very nice jig there.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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Gary

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#8 posted 09-23-2010 12:24 AM

The two jigs together are quite a fantastic pair.
Thanks for sharing your ideas and demonstrating your craftsmanship.

-- Gary, Florida

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#9 posted 09-23-2010 01:38 AM

great looking gig.

-- wchips

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sras

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#10 posted 09-23-2010 04:06 AM

Thanks for the comments – I should have mentioned that it worked great. The workpiece is held nice and stable. The spline cuts took no time at all. (one of the reasons why I probably spent more time making the jig than I will using it!)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 09-23-2010 04:26 AM

Here’s another great design I can steal.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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sras

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#12 posted 09-23-2010 04:28 AM

Go ahead DocK – that’s why I posted it! Immitation is flattery.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 09-23-2010 05:36 AM

Very nice jig Steve. A jig that is also a piece of artwork as well as very functional.

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#14 posted 09-29-2010 01:30 PM

Way nice and makes my very basic jig look …..well very basic.

-- Jerry Miller

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#15 posted 10-01-2010 06:54 PM

Steve, this jig looks nicer then most of my projects.
Thanks for sharing it.
Very nice work!

-- Eric, central Florida

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