Fixture for splines

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Project by Jake Brain posted 1321 days ago 2837 views 36 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a fixture that I use to cut the groove for the splines in the Jewelry chests that I posted The fixture is made from ¾” Birch plywood . The fixture used two toggle clamps from HF and a bar with a 1/8” spacer in the center to hold down the center of the board. I added the bar because I was concern that some of the box side may be wrapped. The fixture is set in the miter slot in the router table; this is to insure that the groove is parallel to the edge of the board. I used “T” nuts to hold all of the clamps. I also included the glueing clamps to show how I installed the splines.

-- Jake Brain, Florida

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#1 posted 1321 days ago

That is a cool jig. Seems to be accurate. Very well done!!!

-- Rusty

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#2 posted 1321 days ago

Cool Jig
Very well done and a beautiful result

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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Blair Helgason

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#3 posted 1321 days ago

That’s an interesting way of cutting the slots. I’ve always done them flat on the table saw with the bade set to 45 degrees. This way looks like it works really well, nice results!

-- Blair

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#4 posted 1321 days ago

Nicely done, the router makes a much cleaner cut then the table saw.
will keep this one in mind

-- Doug...

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#5 posted 1321 days ago

Nice setup…it’s another jig I have to add to the list.
Thanks Jake

-- Vince

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#6 posted 1321 days ago

Great jig Jake, and a great glue-up result too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 1321 days ago

Cool. Nice set-up. Good planning.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#8 posted 1321 days ago

Superior photography, certainly some of the best pictures I have seen of any project on here! Thanks for the post, very cool jig

-- Jen loves wood!

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#9 posted 1321 days ago

Nicely done!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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alan coon

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#10 posted 1321 days ago

nice jig, how about the jig to do 45’s ? as in photo 5

-- Al, South E. Az., But it's a dry heat.

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#11 posted 1320 days ago

Great jig, you use a up or down spiral bit? I really like this set up great job!

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

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#12 posted 1320 days ago

Perfect jig. Enjoy it.

-- Jiri

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Jake Brain

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#13 posted 1320 days ago

Alan Coon – I use a radial arm saw and a sacrifice table top and fence. I also use a toggle clamp to hold the wood down on the table.

ken90712 – I use a up spiral bit to make sure that the chips are removed.

-- Jake Brain, Florida

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#14 posted 1320 days ago

very nifty

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#15 posted 1320 days ago

Nice jig, thanks for the inspiration (I like the frame clamp too…)...

And thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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