A Novice Woodworker Meets the Kehoe Jig
Some of you will remember when I asked if anyone could tell me how to make the dovetail splines in the corner of a box I had seen on a Rockler cover. Well, a fellow member of Mason Dixon Woodworkers, Karson told me he had a Kehoe jig to do just that. A number of you were familiar with this jig and wrote about it. Imagine my surprise when Kevin and Terry Jaynes, owners of the Kehoe jig saw my post and offered to GIVE me a complete jig set.
I had some cedar form the grounds of a local museum and wanted to make some candle boxes from it for the museum. I am fortunate to Have Karson Morrison and Bill Jefferson to guide me in my woodworking education. Bill said I should first make a box out of pine to be sure of my design.
Well, I built the boxes and got ready to try the Kehoe jig. I called Karson to come over to see that I got things right. The jig was very easy to use; simple spring clamps hold it to the work piece.
The jig is built so that the splines are tapered by one degree so they lock into the dovetail. The jig for the miter saw is also tapered so the splines have to same one degree taper. All I had to do was cut them and slide the in the slots.
Karson and I were doing very well with the pine box when Bill had to stop by to make sure we were doing it right. Well, for those who don’t know Bill, he has to constantly kibitz and comment on what is going on. Well, when we looked at what we had done while he was there we saw that we had attached the jig out of line on one of the corners and one dovetail was cut wrong.
We used walnut splines to contrast to the pine and the prototype box came out pretty good.
Feeling confidant, I moved forward and built the cedar boxes. They came out very good and the maple splines contrast well with the cedar.
Then Karson showed up at my shop with a beautiful sapele board and reminded me that we did not have an item for the raffle at our club’s annual dinner next week. I had complete confidence in the Kehoe jig and jumped right in to build another candle box (#4).
I used the same maple for the splines and it looked good with the sapele. I was now so confidant using the Kehoe that I decided to make a candle box for each of our daughters for Christmas.
This time I used mahogany and the maple splines look good with them. Don’t you know that while I’m in the middle of this my wife tells me she needs a Christmas present for a neighbor. Here goes candle box number 8.
Now I want to try getting fancy and even try to put contrasting splines inside each other. Two months ago I didn’t even know what it was and now I’m getting fancy with the jig. If you want to add some pizzas to your projects I recommend you get the Kehoe jig; it’s accurate and easy to use and your projects will take on a whole new look. Thanks so much to Kevin and Terry for their wonderful gift.
-- I leave behind little bits of beauty to compensate for for my impact on this world.