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First time Splined Frames/Joints (FREE TUTORIAL)

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Project by handsmadeforwood posted 05-21-2012 04:57 AM 4242 views 51 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well folks, I’m back!

Now a month or two ago, my Grandma was needing some frames for cross-stitch pieces. Usually I would just give her a simple pine, beveled-edge frame to paint. This time, I decided to try my hand at spline joints.

The first two photos are the frames I made for her, you’ll notice different patterned splines on each frame. These were my very first try at these things and MAN, I had a blast! If woodworking is ever getting dull, go out and try something new! It’s an amazing feeling to add to your skill level. :)

A couple days later I went on to experiment with the jig I had made for these splines and came out with a couple fun joints that I hope to incorporate into future projects, such as cabinet doors. :)

For those of you who are interested, I have put together a pictured step-by-step tutorial into a FREE DOWNLOAD PDF for you all to enjoy and hopefully benefit from! :)

If you have any questions about my jig, frames or anything, let me know!

To all my fellow woodworkers,
Just have fun! :)

Levi :)

-- "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Twitter: handsmade4wood Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HandsMadeForWood Website: www.handsmadeforwood.com





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scottishbob

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#1 posted 05-21-2012 10:01 AM

very nice frames

-- Ireland, Galway .... fingers! "we dont sell them"

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John_G

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#2 posted 05-21-2012 12:33 PM

your file limit has been reached, can’t download plans.. :(

-- John Gray

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Eric in central Florida

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#3 posted 05-21-2012 02:35 PM

No plans here either.
Thanks anyway.
The frames look nice.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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abie

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#4 posted 05-21-2012 03:21 PM

Nicely done.
file limit exceeded.. that is a good sign I will attempt later.
TNXS for trying.
Bruce

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 05-21-2012 04:03 PM


“This file can not be viewed or downloaded because the owner of this file, handsmadeforwood’s 50 megabyte bandwidth for today has been exceeded. Please try again tomorrow OR encourage the owner of this file to upgrade.”

Will try later…

Nice looking Frames!
COOL splines…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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handsmadeforwood

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#6 posted 05-21-2012 05:15 PM

I am so sorry guys! I’ll look into it and get the link working.. Keep tabs on this thread because I would love to share this with you all!

Levi

-- "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Twitter: handsmade4wood Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HandsMadeForWood Website: www.handsmadeforwood.com

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handsmadeforwood

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#7 posted 05-21-2012 05:25 PM

Hey guys, I was looking at my account with my PDF hosting, and at the moment I’m just using a trial version.. So in my case, only 20-25 people can download my plans each day.. :/ I’m hoping to upgrade soon! But until then, let me know when you get a chance to download them! :)

So I guess people are taking advantage of my plans :)

I’ll continue to look into better options here..

For those of you who would like to see these plans I’ll send you a link where I posted my plans on a forum. Then later on, you can use the last link to download it :) http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f13/splined-frame-jig-tutorial-37898/

-- "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Twitter: handsmade4wood Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HandsMadeForWood Website: www.handsmadeforwood.com

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#8 posted 05-21-2012 05:44 PM

Looking great.Very cool frames.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 05-21-2012 05:55 PM

handsmadeforwood:

That worked! LOL

Nice tutorial!

Nice Job!

Thank you!

You can still upload your PDF’s to Google Docs… free…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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handsmadeforwood

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#10 posted 05-21-2012 05:56 PM

Can you actually? I was looking into that..

-- "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Twitter: handsmade4wood Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HandsMadeForWood Website: www.handsmadeforwood.com

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handsmadeforwood

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#11 posted 05-21-2012 05:58 PM

TRY THIS! :) I Love google… haha Sorry for the confusion guys! Tutorial

Let me know if it works!

-- "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Twitter: handsmade4wood Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HandsMadeForWood Website: www.handsmadeforwood.com

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AMC

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#12 posted 05-21-2012 06:00 PM

Looking at the last two pics, I would have to think that putting the splines in at an angle like that would make it next to impossible for the joint to come apart. I was thinking of doing something similar, but with only straight splines, now I think I will have to try it your way.

-- Making the best of what I have!

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Joe Lyddon

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#13 posted 05-21-2012 06:10 PM

Worked like a Charm!

Now, that wasn’t hard was it? LOL

... and now you’re set…

I think the people that want to see it also have to have a Google account… not really sure… but, it looks that way…
So, if someone cannot get to it, ask if they have a Google Account… if they don’t, might be the problem.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Danpaddles

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#14 posted 05-21-2012 09:05 PM

Very cool, I especially liked the one with the lighter wood just in front of the darker spline wood.

Remember though, the purpose of the spline is to add strength. Leave a little more space between splines, I think that would make the joint stronger. Does the grain of y our splines run across the miter? I think that is the strongest way.

good job!

-- Dan V. in Indy

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handsmadeforwood

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#15 posted 05-21-2012 11:57 PM

Dan, in my case here I wasn’t needing strength. The last two joints were just some practice “just for fun” joints :) But I do appreciate the advice!

-- "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Twitter: handsmade4wood Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HandsMadeForWood Website: www.handsmadeforwood.com

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