Table Saw Splined Miter Jig

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 12-04-2012 11:19 PM 9382 reads 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Watch how to use a spline miter jig on the table saw. Two simple and easy to make table saw spline miter jigs are demonstrated in this woodworking video presentation. Watch how the woodworker cuts accurate spline slots into the miter joints of picture frames.

The two splined miter jigs are of differing sizes because the picture frames very in size. Notice how easy it is to cut the slots for the splines. Simply secure the picture frames to the jigs by using spring clamps. Adjust the height of the dado blade and take your time as you push the jig along the table saw fence and through the dado blade.

The picture frames in this video are cherry and have decorative wood inlay bandings. The splines are of walnut to give a nice accent to the woodworking project.

Note: If a table saw blade is chosen to cut the slot for the spline miter joint, it is best to choose a flat toothed blade. The reason for this is so that the spline will seat nicely into the slot without any gaps.

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#1 posted 12-05-2012 01:23 AM

Very nice spline jigs… Frames too!

Than you.

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#2 posted 12-05-2012 01:50 AM

Bob, great jigs for making better picture frames. Wonder why that inlay looks familiar to me. (-;

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 12-05-2012 01:16 PM


Yes, the spline miter jigs work out very well. They are made from scrap materials and simply do the job.

The frames turned out very well. Thanks for watching.


You’re right. These simple to make jigs offer an elegant way to decorate and strengthen the miter joints of the picture frames. Good eye on noticing the wood inlay banding. Hopefully, there will be more for you in the near future. Thanks for taking a look.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#4 posted 12-05-2012 01:33 PM

Oh yes. This type of jig is really nice. Your handmade banding really dresses up any project. Maybe a couple o holes on each side, or handles of some sort would be a nice addition. Reaching over that very tall spinning blade, well, be careful.

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#5 posted 12-05-2012 07:44 PM

You’re right. This type of jig allows for a stronger miter joint and more decorative joinery. Yep, safety is always a consideration. And yes, the wood inlay bandings definitely add a distinctive flair to the woodworking projects.

Thanks again for checking out the video.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#6 posted 12-07-2012 07:26 PM

Hello Bob

Another very nice jig

Very simple but very effective with a beautiful result

I agree with Roger :” Be careful with your fingers”

All your frames are really beautiful.

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#7 posted 12-07-2012 09:50 PM


Yes, the jigs are very simple and very effective. It is nice when a woodworker can use scrap material in a very important and efficient way.

The spline miter jigs shown in the video are 6” wide. This provides an adequate safety margin. I think the camera angle perhaps makes it look like my fingers are actually closer. Notice how my hands & fingers are positioned. My fingers are to outside of the jig. My thumb is above the top side of the jig. The important thing is to not let one’s fingers be inside the jig near the saw blade. I agree with both you and Roger…safety is always a primary concern.

Yes, the inlaid frames came out very well.

Thanks for taking a look.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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