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Made a simple spline miter jig out of 3/4 MDF. Must give credit to Ken (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/38361) for the design idea.
Dec 23, 2011
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#1 posted 12-22-2011 05:33 PM
This looks good and simple.I made one and it was a disaster.Thanks for the post.
#2 posted 12-22-2011 05:35 PM
Gul, I must confess I haven’t given it a test drive yet so it can certainly end up a disaster. Scrap MDF so no harm, no foul.
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#3 posted 12-23-2011 12:38 AM
My kind of jig. Simple, cheap and throw away.I really don’t get the elaborate ones.Nice one, it will work just fine.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/
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#4 posted 12-23-2011 06:04 AM
This looks GREAT! How thick will you make your splines?
-- I'll get it done when I get a-round-tuit.
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#5 posted 12-23-2011 08:38 AM
I bought a pick-up load of mixed hardwood yesterday that a guy wanted out of his garage. ($44.00 but that’s another story) In this pile was a plywood miter jig. It came out of my pick-up and into the burn pile. A few hours later, after sorting thru my deal of the day, I started cutting on a few choice pieces to make some keepsake boxes for Christmas gifts. I went back to the burn pile, retrieved the jig, and after some minor changes, (removed the drywall screws) I was able to use it to spline my boxes. The jig lost a lot of support because it rode on the table as well as against the fence. I think I’ll have to copy yours so that it rides on the fence.
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#6 posted 12-23-2011 01:20 PM
Did you have any problems screwing into the edges of the MDF , such as splitting or stripping ?Did you use glue as well as screws ?thanks
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#7 posted 12-23-2011 02:54 PM
Sanman, I’m going to experiment a little since splines are a new area for me. I made the section that rides on the fence slightly bigger so I probably have about a 1/16th or an 1/8th inch of play. In the end, by changing how I push the jig through, I can make probably a 2x full kerf thickness spline, without adjusting the fence
Boxcarmarty, sounds like a great find on the wood.
Dustry56, I predrilled all the holes before I screwed them so fortunately no splitting or stripping. I didn’t glue anything, it’s actually quite strong without, given that it rides on the table and the fence, there’s really no hard stress points on it.
#8 posted 12-23-2011 07:21 PM
Good for you : ) I wasn’t so lucky , even after pre-drilling : (Happy Holidays !!
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#9 posted 07-08-2012 02:09 AM
Very nice jig. You’ll luv it when you use it
-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net
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