Miter Spline Sled

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Project by Kent Shepherd posted 05-13-2011 04:07 PM 7849 views 74 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you look at my projects, you’ll see most of my work lately has been on boxes. After building about 60 of my version of Andy’s palm box, I am now working on mitered boxes in various styles. I already posted my new miter sled, now I just finished my sled for the splines. It is very similar to several I found here on Ljs.

I did throw in a bit of Purple Heart (for you a1jim) for the runners and the stop.
The rest is Baltic Birch plywood and some Ash scraps I had. Those of you familiar with my jigs know I tend to over-do everything. (Yeah, I know, that’s an understatement) However, I did force myself to use a nail gun on part of this. Maybe there is hope for me after all! Many of my fancy jigs were built a couple of years ago, and the focus was only on building a jig for fun. Now it seems like the jigs I am building are needed now, so I don’t go to extemes as much, yet I still want a nice look. Over the years, I have learned that it doesn’t take much longer to build a jig out of baltic birch and hardwood that will last, than to use BC plywood, MDF, and scrap framing lumber—-and yes, believe it or not, I used to do that all the time!

I think the build is pretty srtaight forward, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask.
By the way, I show a stop block clamped to the fence. That is simply to keep me from going to far with the cut, and cutting through the back piece of the sled—for safety. I also I don’t have to worry about whether I have finished the cut since you can’t actually see it. That is the only reason for the table saw fence being there.

Thanks for looking

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#1 posted 05-13-2011 04:16 PM

Kent; A great looking jig.

Nice job on the design and the creation.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 05-13-2011 04:25 PM

great simple jig
i need to make better one too
that has the adjustment this one has

thanks kent
well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 05-13-2011 04:26 PM

very versitile nice work

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 05-13-2011 04:28 PM

I make too many throw away jigs. I probably shouldn’t.
I like the stop block. Gotta tuck that one away.

Thanks for posting,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 05-13-2011 04:29 PM

Nice jig, Kent

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#6 posted 05-13-2011 05:09 PM

Great Jig Kent———AS USUAL…........grrrrrrr

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#7 posted 05-13-2011 05:10 PM

These are very handy jigs, yours is well made and should last a few thousand spline simple. Nice work and thanks for showing…BC

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#8 posted 05-13-2011 07:16 PM

Well done Kent! Hope all is well. I have a bad habit like Spalm of making throw away jigs. I like the stop you have incorparated into yours. Well done.

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

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#9 posted 05-13-2011 07:41 PM

Really nice jig.
I love the fixed stops, thats a good idea.
Yes we tend to over do the jigs when we make jigs, and make them just right when we just need one.
Best thoughts,

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

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#10 posted 05-13-2011 07:48 PM

Very nicely done !

For my last box, I built one that was down and dirty, and worked, but … doesn’t have the utility that yours will.

Well played !

-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 05-13-2011 08:30 PM


A simple down to earth Miter Spline sled with a nice stop-block setup.

I will have to make one… I think you’ve tipped the scale for me to finally DO IT!

I do have one question though…
How did you get the saw blade high enough to cut that slit in the workpiece holding part?!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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Kent Shepherd

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#12 posted 05-13-2011 09:40 PM

Joe, It is not cut that high. I marked the exact cut line with a sharpie for reference.
In the picture it does look cut through though.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#13 posted 05-13-2011 09:42 PM

Very well made gorgeous jig. It’s in my favorites for the day I start making boxes with splines. Using quality jigs can influence us to make quality work… I think. Tks for sharing.

-- Paul, Plantagenet, Ontario

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#14 posted 05-13-2011 09:52 PM

And no bubinga in sight… sigh…nice simple jig…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#15 posted 05-13-2011 10:07 PM

I’ve had the jig building fever lately so am off to build one like this now. Thanks for posting this for us. I hope to use up some 3/4 cherry plywood scraps and a stop like yours from african mahogany!

-- $tudie

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