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10-25-2014 11:24 PM

This is a simple and quick way to make splined miters, in stock that is thick and wide enough to accommodate the mortise chisel and the spline. The advantage of this is it is quite strong, and the spline is completely blind.

To make the mortise:

1. Cut the miters

2. Put the stock into the mortising machine on edge.

3. Set the depth of the mortise on the machine. so it won’t plunge all the way through.

4. Cut the mortises

5. Make a square spline to fit. Plywood or solid wood will work. With solid wood, orient the grain at right angles to the miter, as in the sketch. Glue it in.

I apologize for the crude sketch. Didn’t want to fool around with the computer to make an “official” looking drawing. Yeah, one of these days I’ll check out Sketchup.

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