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1875 days ago

I’m going to be working with several different species of wood (colors) and am making different size and shape boxes. I want to make spline joints for the corners.

Any help on how to make them in rather small work pieces would greatly help. Thanks.

-- DocK

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#1 posted 1875 days ago

I cut some the other day on by table saw by hand, meaning without a jig. They came out pretty good, but making up a jig would be a lot better.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 1874 days ago

I bought this jig from Rockler for ripping small thin strips and it is cheap enough and works quite well.

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#3 posted 1874 days ago

I always use my table saw.

Then all my splines are all the same thickness. I always make a bunch of spline material at a time for my thickness blade.
That way It will be a while before I need more.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 1874 days ago

Another insulting rip off from rockler sorry but this is what I talked about in my thread about being able to make our own stuff like this exactly.If you couldn’t make one of these then I am left in toatal wonderment .Anyone doing woodwork here could make such a thing in minutes but we simply must have one from Rockler don’t we??? LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#5 posted 1874 days ago

Table saw for sure. Make a jig. It’s easy and well worth the effort.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#6 posted 1874 days ago

I had to make a ton of cockbeading for a dresser. I just set the fence for 1/4” and ripped away. That takes care of the splines.

For the slots, I’d just make a little sled that sits at 45 degrees, clamp the piece to the sled and run it through the table saw or router table. Maybe even a tenoning jig and tilt the blade to 45?

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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#7 posted 1874 days ago

i use alot of splines for picture frames using a simple jig that straddles my saw fence, the other side works for raised panels, just clamp the piece securly and run it through on all four sides

i think for a box you’d need an attached jig for a panel sled
i’m wanting to try boxes so i watch this for ideas

hope the pics come through, first try on that

-- Ron, Missouri

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#8 posted 1834 days ago

Hi Ron, Your photobucket pics came through great and a great idea. Thanks. If you work out a jig for boxes let me know please.


-- DocK

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