Design And Build - Memorial Pet Urn #4: Using My New Spline Kerf Cutting Jig

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Blog entry by Brad_Nailor posted 04-16-2011 03:11 AM 5376 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Since I last spoke with you…

I did a little preliminary sanding and cleanup of the box, sanding the inside and outside along with the top and bottom to 150. I noticed that the box corners have a slight concave curve due to the cupping of the side pieces. Nothing I can do about it now, so i guess it’s just become a design element!

But the real headliner was the spline jig I just built. This will be the first time I use it. I mounted the two outside blades from my dado set shimmed to exactly 1/4”..

Then I got the jig out and cut the initial kerf..

I ended up cutting a brad nail in half…I mismarked where i thought the kerf was going to be when I was shooting it all together…no big deal..I was more worried that it threw a spark into my dust collector and would start a fire…

So I had glued up a test piece from the box cutoffs and set up the blade depth just the way i wanted it..

Then it was time to make the real kerfs! I had determined I wanted the top and bottom cuts to be 1 1/8” from the edges. I used a small combo square to align the fence on the jig, and made the cuts..

Came out perfect..

Then I made the remaining kerfs dead center of the box..

The finished kerfs..

I planed the darkest piece of scrap walnut I had to exactly the thickness of the kerfs..I wanted a nice tight fit. I cut them into pieces and glued them into the kerfs..

Once the glue dries I will sand them down almost flush with my oscillating belt sander and then finish them with the ROS.


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#1 posted 04-16-2011 04:42 AM

Nice looking box.

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#2 posted 04-16-2011 01:17 PM

Looks like the jig worked out great. Dave you really should make a zero clearance plate for your TS :)

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#3 posted 04-17-2011 03:23 AM

I like it a lot. Very nice job;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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