Spline Jig/Sled from scraps

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Project by luv2learn posted 549 days ago 2358 views 19 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I made a frame for an upcoming project that had mitered corners. The frame was tight to the piece it went around and when I tried to force it a little one of the glue joints failed. Frustrated, I decided to take a break and walk down to the mail box to get the mail. Behold, a catalog from Eagle America and on the front cover was a picture of a Spline Jig. It was on sale for $89.99 plus shipping. It was slick, with all the bells and whistles.

Well, that jig would certainly solve my weak miter joint problem and dress up the frame to boot. The problem is I am a cheap skate. Back in my shop, I started looking for materials in the scrap bin that had the potential of being transforming into my very own Spline Jig. I had two left over box joint corners that I had made with my Pantorouter. These became the cradle for the jig.

I used strips of oak for the runners. The cradle supports, base, and stop were left over materials from building my lathe stand. The jig in the catalog had T track with knobs holding the stops in place. I didn’t have any T track so I slotted the sled front and back and made my own knobs.

Well, the frame is now complete with fancy splined corners and I have another jig and a little less scrap in my shop.

Thanks for looking!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#1 posted 549 days ago


A great jig and great spline joint
I like your own knobs
Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#2 posted 549 days ago

You did a nice job on that jig. Better to make your own and save the money for things you can’t make. And also use some scraps up in the process.
I need one of these also!
I did a search for Eagle America in Google and then did a search on that page for “Spline Jig”.
I saw the jig you mentioned on their site. Your jig is a nice design “simple” and better than the expensive one on Eagle America. Nice work!
Thanks for sharing

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 549 days ago

Thats pretty damn cool L2L! Great job and I love the shop made knobs. I have to make one of these one day.

Did you already have a square ground (rip) tooth on your TS blade?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 549 days ago

Jig of great value, excellent construction knobs. Thanks for sharing.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#5 posted 549 days ago

Diggerjacks, I started making my own knobs almost from the start of my woodworking hobby.

Tony, thanks for the kind words. I agree, make the things you can and save your money to buy the things you can’t.

Mauricio, yes I had a square ground toothed blade.

mariva57, thanks for the complement.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 549 days ago

Great looking jig with cool knobs. Excellent work and thanks for sharing the idea.

-- What if the hokey pokey really is what it's all about?

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#7 posted 549 days ago

That is a fine jig and cant argue with the price…..nice.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#8 posted 549 days ago

Good job that will com in handy for a long to to come.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 549 days ago

Simple soluton and safe – I like your knobs also – Gorilla glue and treaded rod?

-- > It takes a long time to become a child - Picasso <

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#10 posted 549 days ago

deltawing, 5/16” all thread and super glue.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#11 posted 549 days ago

Great jig, great knobs!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#12 posted 549 days ago

A very nice addition to the shop. Nice work.

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#13 posted 548 days ago

I like the knob cut out explain. I’ll follow that example! Thanks.

-- Mr. Laughingbrook

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#14 posted 548 days ago

Wow! Very simple, very effective. Very nice sled.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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