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Ya know..... That just might do the job!!  Not bad for a young'un.   Don't forget to wax the inside, so it'll slide better.

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6 minutes ago, RichardA said:

Ya know..... That just might do the job!!  Not bad for a young'un.   Don't forget to wax the inside, so it'll slide better.

Thanks Rick, I do have to wax the runners yet, the old one was basically just for frames this one should cover frames, boxes or whatever and having it in a fixed position gives me the benefit of one saw cut in the jig for cleaner cuts

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I have seen these spline jigs overly elaborate in they're design but I think you nailed it on this one.  It looks super simple but it should perform well.  I think this will be going in my "borrow that idea" file.

I'll probably us all baltic birch though. :P

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This looks like a great jig for boxes. Now you need to make one with a 7 degree cut so you can do dovetail splines... :D.

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I’m going back and delete the pics of mine:(! Very well done Dave. Yeah, that’s what my next one will be patterned after as well. 

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1 hour ago, Coop said:

I’m going back and delete the pics of mine:(! Very well done Dave. Yeah, that’s what my next one will be patterned after as well. 

Hey if it works that’s all that matters, I can’t wait to burn my old one, total junk that I put up with for 20 years. The thing is I don’t do splines that much probably because the old jig was a PIA, at least now when I do them it will be much easier. @Chestnut has me thinking about one for dovetail keys and maybe one for a dado stack with replaceable inserts for different width dado cuts

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Not sure how often you'd need a dado stack to cut splines, but if you want a spline that's thicker than the regular blade's curf I think you might be able to achieve this using spacers equal in thickness to the kerf.  

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10 hours ago, Mark J said:

Not sure how often you'd need a dado stack to cut splines

i have used a dado stack to cut 1/2" splines then re-cut a 1/8" spline thru the middle of the wider spline a little deeper cut, makes a nice decorative effect, no pictures, it was a long time ago.

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8 minutes ago, wtnhighlander said:

I'd like to see that cut with dovetail router bits!

Yeah some folks mentioned inserts, that's what I was thinking of this otherwise awesome jig. Be able to set it up on the router table and pass it over a dovetail bit; that would make for some awesome splines too. I have a 3/4" dovetail bit I've looked at many times, wondering why the heck did I buy that thing? Now I know... I like your idea @treeslayer of making a large spline then a smaller one; it's the same concept but frankly I'd never thought of it. Now I hope I can keep the idea until my next box project :)

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