|Project by Blackie_||posted 02-05-2013 12:50 PM||3192 views||7 times favorited||15 comments|
My first miter joint spline jig, I’ve been wanting to add splines to my box miter joints for sometime now along with the inspiration from others here on LJ’s so a couple days ago I decided it was time to move it to the top priority of my to-do list, I found an online video on how to make one that slides over the fence, only I made it to fit my personal use and to the size I wanted. The wood I used is reclaimed hard wood that was demoed from my parents 1960 kitchen during the time I was upgrading their kitchen. the cradle measures 13 1/2 Long x 9” High on the V walls.
I used the jig once but it didn’t go so well the first time.
Story: The jig was not the cause, it was because the box I put in it was not square, the boxes I make are not your typical, average traditional mitered corner box, they are my own designed boxes, A new design, I like to refer to as hybrid’s, I take a bandsaw box (inner) and wrap it with mitered facing boards (outer) and thus I hide all blade enter points, and you see when you enter the box from the side with a saw blade and run it through clear into the next cavity for the drawers, the thickness of the blade takes that much wood out, this particular box had two entry points from one side so roughly about a 1/6 of an inch was removed cause the box to warp a bit, once the box is all glued up and cured I fix the top warp as it’s visible to the necked eye by placing the bottom of the box up against the fence and setting the blade so that it’s just barely on the wood at the short end then running the box through planes the top flush no loner visible to the eye, OK so when I placed the box in the spline jig I didn’t account or take into consideration that the box was not square so when placing the box with the top of the box facing the upright plate closest to the fence in the jig where the corner sat in the V, it was flush against the upright plate there but at the top of the V it separated away from the back plate by about a 1/4” unknowingly I forced the box up against the plate and made my pass I saw that it wasn’t deep enough so I raised the blade and gave a second pass but still unknowingly the position of the box was critical I gave another pass this time no holding the box against the plate and cut a whole new spline joint ruining the box I tried to cover it up with larger spline joints but wand up just butchering it all the time still unknowingly the box was out of square, it wasn’t until later that all of this came to light and I realized what I just told you in this message that it was out of square never even dawned on me so now what do I do in order to make these splines work? My conclusion and I’d like to hear from others on this, if I just let the corner of the box rest in the V and hold it firm there flush in the cradle without pulling it up against the back plate it should cut accurate on all corners and cuts, that’s what I’m thinking.
The Box in question was one of my most extensive builds and once the butcher was done, I thought all was lost, my stomach dropped and I was sick the thought of having to scrap in my mind one of my most masterpieces, after walking away from it and putting thought into it, I was able to come up with a fix and a salvage to my mistake and brought it back to life, it is now in the finishing stages and will be posted soon.
Thanks for looking and reading my story look forward to comments :)
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