Spline jig

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Project by tdv posted 11-14-2010 11:21 PM 4704 views 26 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my version of a spline cutting jig I am making a couple of matching boxes from some curly mahogany & decided to put in some maple splines I got the inspiration for this jig from the Lumberjocks site it has an adjustable fence to accomodate both picture frames & different size boxes I’ve been meaning to make on for some time now it only took 1 1/2 hours from start to finish( plus drying time for the glue ) wish I’d done it sooner it works great Thanks guys ( & Gals) for the inspiration

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#1 posted 11-14-2010 11:24 PM

Nice one! That mahogany looks fantastic – can’t wait to see that project posting! Thanks for sharing…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Mary Anne

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#2 posted 11-15-2010 12:43 AM

Nice! Love the addition of the adjustable fence. Great idea. I’m sure it will get a lot of use.
That is some great curl in the mahogany box you are working on.

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#3 posted 11-15-2010 01:22 AM

That is some gorgeous mahogany!! Nice jig, also!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 11-15-2010 01:23 AM

Great jig. Ditto on the Mahogany.

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#5 posted 11-15-2010 01:24 AM

Awesome jig. That Mahogany is incredible!! Those Maple splines will really dress it up even more.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 11-15-2010 02:00 AM

Great jig !
I also like the adjustable side.
WOW on the box !!


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#7 posted 11-15-2010 02:13 AM

Great Lookin Jig

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#8 posted 11-15-2010 02:18 AM

Well thanks very much I’m glad you like it I will post the boxes when they’re done but first I have a chest to finish for my wife for our anniversary. Watch this space

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#9 posted 11-15-2010 03:02 AM

Really nice Trevor! This is still on my to do list. I constantly have to put spacers in mine to get it in the correct location…so I cannot wait to make one with adjustment designed in. Wow…look at the curly mahogany! Beautiful!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#10 posted 11-15-2010 06:31 AM

I like Your take on this useful TS jig and the adjustable reference guide is a nice addition to an already popular design ! I am in the process of designing/constructing a spline jig that will mount to My CC sled and will give Your design some consideration ! Once again nice job and thanks for the post. ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#11 posted 11-15-2010 06:54 AM

Nice jig. I will probably modify/replace mine.

Great job as usual.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 11-15-2010 11:08 AM

So cool, and well made.
Best thoughts,

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

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#13 posted 11-15-2010 01:35 PM

I’ve made several of these though not quite as elaborate as yours Trevor. I’m curious about the gap at the bottom. Doesn’t it create problems with tear out? I make sure my 90 degree boards almost touch at the bottom point to avoid this. Or am I missing something?

Nice wood on the box by the way!

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

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#14 posted 11-15-2010 04:18 PM

WOW! This really gives you a great deal of versitility and good control over the workpeice.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#15 posted 11-15-2010 04:20 PM

That jig is very nice and I’ll bet that it is very accurate. You did a great job on it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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