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Miter Spline Jig for Table Saw Crosscut Sled

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Project by Chad posted 590 days ago 2196 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After several years of woodworking, I just purchased my first table saw (Porter Cable PCB220). There’s a lot you can do without one if you get creative (although it makes most of those things SO much easier), but miter splines were one of those things I could never improvise my way around.

The first week after getting it, I spent setting it up and making jigs—not the most exciting for me, but I learned a lot. Here’s one I wanted to share. I was going to build a fence-rider sacrificial jig for miter splines, but I made the saddle too tight and it wouldn’t slide. Just as well, because I came up with this design when I couldn’t sleep that night. It’s a simple design—4 pieces of 2-by-something cut at 45’s, screwed and glued onto 1/2 inch ply with 2 other pieces of 1/2 inch ply on top. I added blocks on the sides to clamp it to the crosscut sled fence and a block or maple as a stop. There is a single kerf in the center of the jig—assuming you clamp it in the same place each time, and it should last a while (vs the sacrificial type). Using it the first time was flawless, and I’m glad the fence-rider didn’t work out.

-- Chad in Charleston, SC, http://www.etsy.com/shop/acousticallyblue





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 590 days ago

good idea,good build.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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JSB

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#2 posted 590 days ago

Looks good. Simple and effective

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com

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busupholstery

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#3 posted 590 days ago

Nice…..Will build one…....

-- Let's see......what can I use this for?

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lumberjoe

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#4 posted 590 days ago

I did the same thing.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/68941

I made it so I can use my T-Track hold down clamps in my sled. It is a really handy jig to have

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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Chad

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#5 posted 589 days ago

I like the T-track idea. I will probably modify mine after I build a better crosscut sled. I have plans to build one with all the frills and have the supplies, but wanted to get going on some projects instead. I saw one with miter slot rails here:

http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/30891/miter-spline-jig

And was going to make one similar to that until I realized that I already had a sled with miter rails and a square fence.

-- Chad in Charleston, SC, http://www.etsy.com/shop/acousticallyblue

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