Box Making #9: Boxguy Big Al's Spline Box the spline work starts

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 05-22-2018 10:03 AM 744 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not a lot of progress today as I was busy doing less interesting chores.

Anyway I made a jig (of sorts) to cut the spline pockets,(I guess thats what you call them) in the box frame.

Its a bit aveage but it did the job. I will have to check out what they really look like later if I continue to do splines.

The corner of the frame sits in the jig at 45 deg and the saw blade passes under cutting the groove.

I didnt have any accurate vernier adjustment for the spline width so I just packed timber beside the frame to widen the cutout.

It was all a bit scary but it worked OK as long as you checked where your fingers were at/before power on.

With that done I set about making the actual splines, for them I used some NG Rosewood.

Some required a little hand sanding to produce a snug dry fit, but once that was done it was simply apply glue and push them in.

Initally I used some plastic spring clamps to hold them but I noticed they had a tendency to open one side of the spline so I took them off.

I did use a test piece to confirm depth and width before cutting the actual box.

A editing note post posting the blog.

The Jig and Test pieces I made are not a real smart way to do the splines as the jig needs redesigning and the test pieces are a one off for the box, so unless you are making a set of them its time wasted, so although they worked there is a smarter way!

Boxguy has the correct method documented in a blog, (of which I didnt read until after the event.)

If you look to the left there is a small off cut with a couple of notchs in it, that was used for the depth, as I am assuming they do not penetrate the inside of the box..

Once they were completed this was the view from inside.

That wraps up the work for today.

-- Regards Rob

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 05-22-2018 02:37 PM

Little by little… slow n Easy… best way to go…

Thank you…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#2 posted 05-22-2018 10:48 PM

Hey, Rob, it looks like this is coming along. I posted a new box that you might want to look at. This box is going to be spectacular when you put a finish on it. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 05-22-2018 10:49 PM


-- Big Al in IN

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