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Perfect Splined Mitre Joints in Five Minutes Without Clamps

When I posted "Arnie's Tea Box" http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50187 one of the comments (Roger) was that these boxes make a great venue for displaying my marquetry. I totally agree but that meant streamlining the process of making the box. First was to come up with a jig to make the corners perfect every time quickly.

Here is what I came up with.

Disclaimer: I'm not a jig person so my jigs are usually utilitarian and often "throw away".

This photo shows the parts disassembled. Dimensions are irrelevant and I didn't take any so even I don't know them.
Wood Rectangle Hardwood Flooring Beige


Here the base piece has been turned right side up. The groove is for the pin in the top part. The cutouts at the apex are to insure that no glue contacts the jig.

Wood Triangle Rectangle Table Clock


Assemble the top part onto the bolt and adjust so that the spaces on the sides fit your stock width. Then slide the pieces of your box together until they match perfectly.

Wood Rectangle Gadget Beige Hardwood


Now remove one piece without moving the other. Coat the end with hot hide glue….Oh yes, this is a commercial for hide glue, sorry. But please bear with me.

Wood Textile Drinkware Dishware Serveware


Slide the piece back in and as the jig does most of the work, simply squeeze the top of the joint for about 15 seconds or so.

Wood Nail Thumb Finger Material property


This is the joint removed from the jig about 30 to 45 seconds after the glue was applied. It's already strong enough to hold together.

Furniture Wood Table Outdoor furniture Chair


A minute later it is strong enough to have it's spline grooves cut.

Wood Rectangle Triangle Flooring Hardwood

Wood Triangle Flooring Hardwood Plywood

Rectangle Wood Triangle Shipping box Packing materials


A little more hide glue on the splines and slip them into place.

Wood Flooring Hardwood Composite material Rectangle


In the time it takes to walk over to the band saw the splines are glued well enough to trim off.

Wood Rectangle Hardwood Beige Flooring


The glue is easy to rub off with your finger. It will ball up like rubber cement. You can throw it back in the pot if it's not too contaminated with sawdust. Then you can sand the joint and you're done. The elapsed time between this photo and the one where the pieces were dry fitted is under five minutes and with the splines now in place the piece is strong enough to continue to handle and work with.

Automotive lighting Rectangle Wood Flooring Bumper


Of course in real life it is not necessary to get things done this quickly. Pieces can sit while others are fitted and glued, but this is how fast it can be done.

This joint is perfectly square, both vertically and horizontally, despite the fact that if you look closely, my "hot off the miter saw" cut was not.

That's it
I made a jig. Who would have thought.

Thanks

Comments, questions, critiques are always welcome.

Paul
 

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Perfect Splined Mitre Joints in Five Minutes Without Clamps

When I posted "Arnie's Tea Box" http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50187 one of the comments (Roger) was that these boxes make a great venue for displaying my marquetry. I totally agree but that meant streamlining the process of making the box. First was to come up with a jig to make the corners perfect every time quickly.

Here is what I came up with.

Disclaimer: I'm not a jig person so my jigs are usually utilitarian and often "throw away".

This photo shows the parts disassembled. Dimensions are irrelevant and I didn't take any so even I don't know them.
Wood Rectangle Hardwood Flooring Beige


Here the base piece has been turned right side up. The groove is for the pin in the top part. The cutouts at the apex are to insure that no glue contacts the jig.

Wood Triangle Rectangle Table Clock


Assemble the top part onto the bolt and adjust so that the spaces on the sides fit your stock width. Then slide the pieces of your box together until they match perfectly.

Wood Rectangle Gadget Beige Hardwood


Now remove one piece without moving the other. Coat the end with hot hide glue….Oh yes, this is a commercial for hide glue, sorry. But please bear with me.

Wood Textile Drinkware Dishware Serveware


Slide the piece back in and as the jig does most of the work, simply squeeze the top of the joint for about 15 seconds or so.

Wood Nail Thumb Finger Material property


This is the joint removed from the jig about 30 to 45 seconds after the glue was applied. It's already strong enough to hold together.

Furniture Wood Table Outdoor furniture Chair


A minute later it is strong enough to have it's spline grooves cut.

Wood Rectangle Triangle Flooring Hardwood

Wood Triangle Flooring Hardwood Plywood

Rectangle Wood Triangle Shipping box Packing materials


A little more hide glue on the splines and slip them into place.

Wood Flooring Hardwood Composite material Rectangle


In the time it takes to walk over to the band saw the splines are glued well enough to trim off.

Wood Rectangle Hardwood Beige Flooring


The glue is easy to rub off with your finger. It will ball up like rubber cement. You can throw it back in the pot if it's not too contaminated with sawdust. Then you can sand the joint and you're done. The elapsed time between this photo and the one where the pieces were dry fitted is under five minutes and with the splines now in place the piece is strong enough to continue to handle and work with.

Automotive lighting Rectangle Wood Flooring Bumper


Of course in real life it is not necessary to get things done this quickly. Pieces can sit while others are fitted and glued, but this is how fast it can be done.

This joint is perfectly square, both vertically and horizontally, despite the fact that if you look closely, my "hot off the miter saw" cut was not.

That's it
I made a jig. Who would have thought.

Thanks

Comments, questions, critiques are always welcome.

Paul
Very simple … cool idea….
 

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Perfect Splined Mitre Joints in Five Minutes Without Clamps

When I posted "Arnie's Tea Box" http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50187 one of the comments (Roger) was that these boxes make a great venue for displaying my marquetry. I totally agree but that meant streamlining the process of making the box. First was to come up with a jig to make the corners perfect every time quickly.

Here is what I came up with.

Disclaimer: I'm not a jig person so my jigs are usually utilitarian and often "throw away".

This photo shows the parts disassembled. Dimensions are irrelevant and I didn't take any so even I don't know them.
Wood Rectangle Hardwood Flooring Beige


Here the base piece has been turned right side up. The groove is for the pin in the top part. The cutouts at the apex are to insure that no glue contacts the jig.

Wood Triangle Rectangle Table Clock


Assemble the top part onto the bolt and adjust so that the spaces on the sides fit your stock width. Then slide the pieces of your box together until they match perfectly.

Wood Rectangle Gadget Beige Hardwood


Now remove one piece without moving the other. Coat the end with hot hide glue….Oh yes, this is a commercial for hide glue, sorry. But please bear with me.

Wood Textile Drinkware Dishware Serveware


Slide the piece back in and as the jig does most of the work, simply squeeze the top of the joint for about 15 seconds or so.

Wood Nail Thumb Finger Material property


This is the joint removed from the jig about 30 to 45 seconds after the glue was applied. It's already strong enough to hold together.

Furniture Wood Table Outdoor furniture Chair


A minute later it is strong enough to have it's spline grooves cut.

Wood Rectangle Triangle Flooring Hardwood

Wood Triangle Flooring Hardwood Plywood

Rectangle Wood Triangle Shipping box Packing materials


A little more hide glue on the splines and slip them into place.

Wood Flooring Hardwood Composite material Rectangle


In the time it takes to walk over to the band saw the splines are glued well enough to trim off.

Wood Rectangle Hardwood Beige Flooring


The glue is easy to rub off with your finger. It will ball up like rubber cement. You can throw it back in the pot if it's not too contaminated with sawdust. Then you can sand the joint and you're done. The elapsed time between this photo and the one where the pieces were dry fitted is under five minutes and with the splines now in place the piece is strong enough to continue to handle and work with.

Automotive lighting Rectangle Wood Flooring Bumper


Of course in real life it is not necessary to get things done this quickly. Pieces can sit while others are fitted and glued, but this is how fast it can be done.

This joint is perfectly square, both vertically and horizontally, despite the fact that if you look closely, my "hot off the miter saw" cut was not.

That's it
I made a jig. Who would have thought.

Thanks

Comments, questions, critiques are always welcome.

Paul
It's so good i'm planning to use it. Hope you don't mind.
 

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Perfect Splined Mitre Joints in Five Minutes Without Clamps

When I posted "Arnie's Tea Box" http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50187 one of the comments (Roger) was that these boxes make a great venue for displaying my marquetry. I totally agree but that meant streamlining the process of making the box. First was to come up with a jig to make the corners perfect every time quickly.

Here is what I came up with.

Disclaimer: I'm not a jig person so my jigs are usually utilitarian and often "throw away".

This photo shows the parts disassembled. Dimensions are irrelevant and I didn't take any so even I don't know them.
Wood Rectangle Hardwood Flooring Beige


Here the base piece has been turned right side up. The groove is for the pin in the top part. The cutouts at the apex are to insure that no glue contacts the jig.

Wood Triangle Rectangle Table Clock


Assemble the top part onto the bolt and adjust so that the spaces on the sides fit your stock width. Then slide the pieces of your box together until they match perfectly.

Wood Rectangle Gadget Beige Hardwood


Now remove one piece without moving the other. Coat the end with hot hide glue….Oh yes, this is a commercial for hide glue, sorry. But please bear with me.

Wood Textile Drinkware Dishware Serveware


Slide the piece back in and as the jig does most of the work, simply squeeze the top of the joint for about 15 seconds or so.

Wood Nail Thumb Finger Material property


This is the joint removed from the jig about 30 to 45 seconds after the glue was applied. It's already strong enough to hold together.

Furniture Wood Table Outdoor furniture Chair


A minute later it is strong enough to have it's spline grooves cut.

Wood Rectangle Triangle Flooring Hardwood

Wood Triangle Flooring Hardwood Plywood

Rectangle Wood Triangle Shipping box Packing materials


A little more hide glue on the splines and slip them into place.

Wood Flooring Hardwood Composite material Rectangle


In the time it takes to walk over to the band saw the splines are glued well enough to trim off.

Wood Rectangle Hardwood Beige Flooring


The glue is easy to rub off with your finger. It will ball up like rubber cement. You can throw it back in the pot if it's not too contaminated with sawdust. Then you can sand the joint and you're done. The elapsed time between this photo and the one where the pieces were dry fitted is under five minutes and with the splines now in place the piece is strong enough to continue to handle and work with.

Automotive lighting Rectangle Wood Flooring Bumper


Of course in real life it is not necessary to get things done this quickly. Pieces can sit while others are fitted and glued, but this is how fast it can be done.

This joint is perfectly square, both vertically and horizontally, despite the fact that if you look closely, my "hot off the miter saw" cut was not.

That's it
I made a jig. Who would have thought.

Thanks

Comments, questions, critiques are always welcome.

Paul
This I can understand! Nice jig Paul.
 

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Perfect Splined Mitre Joints in Five Minutes Without Clamps

When I posted "Arnie's Tea Box" http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50187 one of the comments (Roger) was that these boxes make a great venue for displaying my marquetry. I totally agree but that meant streamlining the process of making the box. First was to come up with a jig to make the corners perfect every time quickly.

Here is what I came up with.

Disclaimer: I'm not a jig person so my jigs are usually utilitarian and often "throw away".

This photo shows the parts disassembled. Dimensions are irrelevant and I didn't take any so even I don't know them.
Wood Rectangle Hardwood Flooring Beige


Here the base piece has been turned right side up. The groove is for the pin in the top part. The cutouts at the apex are to insure that no glue contacts the jig.

Wood Triangle Rectangle Table Clock


Assemble the top part onto the bolt and adjust so that the spaces on the sides fit your stock width. Then slide the pieces of your box together until they match perfectly.

Wood Rectangle Gadget Beige Hardwood


Now remove one piece without moving the other. Coat the end with hot hide glue….Oh yes, this is a commercial for hide glue, sorry. But please bear with me.

Wood Textile Drinkware Dishware Serveware


Slide the piece back in and as the jig does most of the work, simply squeeze the top of the joint for about 15 seconds or so.

Wood Nail Thumb Finger Material property


This is the joint removed from the jig about 30 to 45 seconds after the glue was applied. It's already strong enough to hold together.

Furniture Wood Table Outdoor furniture Chair


A minute later it is strong enough to have it's spline grooves cut.

Wood Rectangle Triangle Flooring Hardwood

Wood Triangle Flooring Hardwood Plywood

Rectangle Wood Triangle Shipping box Packing materials


A little more hide glue on the splines and slip them into place.

Wood Flooring Hardwood Composite material Rectangle


In the time it takes to walk over to the band saw the splines are glued well enough to trim off.

Wood Rectangle Hardwood Beige Flooring


The glue is easy to rub off with your finger. It will ball up like rubber cement. You can throw it back in the pot if it's not too contaminated with sawdust. Then you can sand the joint and you're done. The elapsed time between this photo and the one where the pieces were dry fitted is under five minutes and with the splines now in place the piece is strong enough to continue to handle and work with.

Automotive lighting Rectangle Wood Flooring Bumper


Of course in real life it is not necessary to get things done this quickly. Pieces can sit while others are fitted and glued, but this is how fast it can be done.

This joint is perfectly square, both vertically and horizontally, despite the fact that if you look closely, my "hot off the miter saw" cut was not.

That's it
I made a jig. Who would have thought.

Thanks

Comments, questions, critiques are always welcome.

Paul
Sweet.

But you have to include the time to heat up the glue. Which I have no idea how long it takes. So, how long does it take?

Nice jig,
Steve
 

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Perfect Splined Mitre Joints in Five Minutes Without Clamps

When I posted "Arnie's Tea Box" http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50187 one of the comments (Roger) was that these boxes make a great venue for displaying my marquetry. I totally agree but that meant streamlining the process of making the box. First was to come up with a jig to make the corners perfect every time quickly.

Here is what I came up with.

Disclaimer: I'm not a jig person so my jigs are usually utilitarian and often "throw away".

This photo shows the parts disassembled. Dimensions are irrelevant and I didn't take any so even I don't know them.
Wood Rectangle Hardwood Flooring Beige


Here the base piece has been turned right side up. The groove is for the pin in the top part. The cutouts at the apex are to insure that no glue contacts the jig.

Wood Triangle Rectangle Table Clock


Assemble the top part onto the bolt and adjust so that the spaces on the sides fit your stock width. Then slide the pieces of your box together until they match perfectly.

Wood Rectangle Gadget Beige Hardwood


Now remove one piece without moving the other. Coat the end with hot hide glue….Oh yes, this is a commercial for hide glue, sorry. But please bear with me.

Wood Textile Drinkware Dishware Serveware


Slide the piece back in and as the jig does most of the work, simply squeeze the top of the joint for about 15 seconds or so.

Wood Nail Thumb Finger Material property


This is the joint removed from the jig about 30 to 45 seconds after the glue was applied. It's already strong enough to hold together.

Furniture Wood Table Outdoor furniture Chair


A minute later it is strong enough to have it's spline grooves cut.

Wood Rectangle Triangle Flooring Hardwood

Wood Triangle Flooring Hardwood Plywood

Rectangle Wood Triangle Shipping box Packing materials


A little more hide glue on the splines and slip them into place.

Wood Flooring Hardwood Composite material Rectangle


In the time it takes to walk over to the band saw the splines are glued well enough to trim off.

Wood Rectangle Hardwood Beige Flooring


The glue is easy to rub off with your finger. It will ball up like rubber cement. You can throw it back in the pot if it's not too contaminated with sawdust. Then you can sand the joint and you're done. The elapsed time between this photo and the one where the pieces were dry fitted is under five minutes and with the splines now in place the piece is strong enough to continue to handle and work with.

Automotive lighting Rectangle Wood Flooring Bumper


Of course in real life it is not necessary to get things done this quickly. Pieces can sit while others are fitted and glued, but this is how fast it can be done.

This joint is perfectly square, both vertically and horizontally, despite the fact that if you look closely, my "hot off the miter saw" cut was not.

That's it
I made a jig. Who would have thought.

Thanks

Comments, questions, critiques are always welcome.

Paul
Great idea Paul, keep'em comin'.
 

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Perfect Splined Mitre Joints in Five Minutes Without Clamps

When I posted "Arnie's Tea Box" http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50187 one of the comments (Roger) was that these boxes make a great venue for displaying my marquetry. I totally agree but that meant streamlining the process of making the box. First was to come up with a jig to make the corners perfect every time quickly.

Here is what I came up with.

Disclaimer: I'm not a jig person so my jigs are usually utilitarian and often "throw away".

This photo shows the parts disassembled. Dimensions are irrelevant and I didn't take any so even I don't know them.
Wood Rectangle Hardwood Flooring Beige


Here the base piece has been turned right side up. The groove is for the pin in the top part. The cutouts at the apex are to insure that no glue contacts the jig.

Wood Triangle Rectangle Table Clock


Assemble the top part onto the bolt and adjust so that the spaces on the sides fit your stock width. Then slide the pieces of your box together until they match perfectly.

Wood Rectangle Gadget Beige Hardwood


Now remove one piece without moving the other. Coat the end with hot hide glue….Oh yes, this is a commercial for hide glue, sorry. But please bear with me.

Wood Textile Drinkware Dishware Serveware


Slide the piece back in and as the jig does most of the work, simply squeeze the top of the joint for about 15 seconds or so.

Wood Nail Thumb Finger Material property


This is the joint removed from the jig about 30 to 45 seconds after the glue was applied. It's already strong enough to hold together.

Furniture Wood Table Outdoor furniture Chair


A minute later it is strong enough to have it's spline grooves cut.

Wood Rectangle Triangle Flooring Hardwood

Wood Triangle Flooring Hardwood Plywood

Rectangle Wood Triangle Shipping box Packing materials


A little more hide glue on the splines and slip them into place.

Wood Flooring Hardwood Composite material Rectangle


In the time it takes to walk over to the band saw the splines are glued well enough to trim off.

Wood Rectangle Hardwood Beige Flooring


The glue is easy to rub off with your finger. It will ball up like rubber cement. You can throw it back in the pot if it's not too contaminated with sawdust. Then you can sand the joint and you're done. The elapsed time between this photo and the one where the pieces were dry fitted is under five minutes and with the splines now in place the piece is strong enough to continue to handle and work with.

Automotive lighting Rectangle Wood Flooring Bumper


Of course in real life it is not necessary to get things done this quickly. Pieces can sit while others are fitted and glued, but this is how fast it can be done.

This joint is perfectly square, both vertically and horizontally, despite the fact that if you look closely, my "hot off the miter saw" cut was not.

That's it
I made a jig. Who would have thought.

Thanks

Comments, questions, critiques are always welcome.

Paul
Great jig…simple and effective. Thanks.
 

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Perfect Splined Mitre Joints in Five Minutes Without Clamps

When I posted "Arnie's Tea Box" http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50187 one of the comments (Roger) was that these boxes make a great venue for displaying my marquetry. I totally agree but that meant streamlining the process of making the box. First was to come up with a jig to make the corners perfect every time quickly.

Here is what I came up with.

Disclaimer: I'm not a jig person so my jigs are usually utilitarian and often "throw away".

This photo shows the parts disassembled. Dimensions are irrelevant and I didn't take any so even I don't know them.
Wood Rectangle Hardwood Flooring Beige


Here the base piece has been turned right side up. The groove is for the pin in the top part. The cutouts at the apex are to insure that no glue contacts the jig.

Wood Triangle Rectangle Table Clock


Assemble the top part onto the bolt and adjust so that the spaces on the sides fit your stock width. Then slide the pieces of your box together until they match perfectly.

Wood Rectangle Gadget Beige Hardwood


Now remove one piece without moving the other. Coat the end with hot hide glue….Oh yes, this is a commercial for hide glue, sorry. But please bear with me.

Wood Textile Drinkware Dishware Serveware


Slide the piece back in and as the jig does most of the work, simply squeeze the top of the joint for about 15 seconds or so.

Wood Nail Thumb Finger Material property


This is the joint removed from the jig about 30 to 45 seconds after the glue was applied. It's already strong enough to hold together.

Furniture Wood Table Outdoor furniture Chair


A minute later it is strong enough to have it's spline grooves cut.

Wood Rectangle Triangle Flooring Hardwood

Wood Triangle Flooring Hardwood Plywood

Rectangle Wood Triangle Shipping box Packing materials


A little more hide glue on the splines and slip them into place.

Wood Flooring Hardwood Composite material Rectangle


In the time it takes to walk over to the band saw the splines are glued well enough to trim off.

Wood Rectangle Hardwood Beige Flooring


The glue is easy to rub off with your finger. It will ball up like rubber cement. You can throw it back in the pot if it's not too contaminated with sawdust. Then you can sand the joint and you're done. The elapsed time between this photo and the one where the pieces were dry fitted is under five minutes and with the splines now in place the piece is strong enough to continue to handle and work with.

Automotive lighting Rectangle Wood Flooring Bumper


Of course in real life it is not necessary to get things done this quickly. Pieces can sit while others are fitted and glued, but this is how fast it can be done.

This joint is perfectly square, both vertically and horizontally, despite the fact that if you look closely, my "hot off the miter saw" cut was not.

That's it
I made a jig. Who would have thought.

Thanks

Comments, questions, critiques are always welcome.

Paul
I think this jig would be valuable for anyone building mitered boxes. A little sanding jig for touching up miters on a sanding disk is also a good idea if anyone is having trouble with perfect miters. I think the idea of boxes as a venue for you marquetry is excellent. There have been some fine examples of marquetry boxes here at LJ, and I'm sure you could make some wonderful additions to that collection. I couldln't agree more about the use of hot Hide Glue, it has the strength and many more convienences the modern glues don't.
 

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When I posted "Arnie's Tea Box" http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50187 one of the comments (Roger) was that these boxes make a great venue for displaying my marquetry. I totally agree but that meant streamlining the process of making the box. First was to come up with a jig to make the corners perfect every time quickly.

Here is what I came up with.

Disclaimer: I'm not a jig person so my jigs are usually utilitarian and often "throw away".

This photo shows the parts disassembled. Dimensions are irrelevant and I didn't take any so even I don't know them.
Wood Rectangle Hardwood Flooring Beige


Here the base piece has been turned right side up. The groove is for the pin in the top part. The cutouts at the apex are to insure that no glue contacts the jig.

Wood Triangle Rectangle Table Clock


Assemble the top part onto the bolt and adjust so that the spaces on the sides fit your stock width. Then slide the pieces of your box together until they match perfectly.

Wood Rectangle Gadget Beige Hardwood


Now remove one piece without moving the other. Coat the end with hot hide glue….Oh yes, this is a commercial for hide glue, sorry. But please bear with me.

Wood Textile Drinkware Dishware Serveware


Slide the piece back in and as the jig does most of the work, simply squeeze the top of the joint for about 15 seconds or so.

Wood Nail Thumb Finger Material property


This is the joint removed from the jig about 30 to 45 seconds after the glue was applied. It's already strong enough to hold together.

Furniture Wood Table Outdoor furniture Chair


A minute later it is strong enough to have it's spline grooves cut.

Wood Rectangle Triangle Flooring Hardwood

Wood Triangle Flooring Hardwood Plywood

Rectangle Wood Triangle Shipping box Packing materials


A little more hide glue on the splines and slip them into place.

Wood Flooring Hardwood Composite material Rectangle


In the time it takes to walk over to the band saw the splines are glued well enough to trim off.

Wood Rectangle Hardwood Beige Flooring


The glue is easy to rub off with your finger. It will ball up like rubber cement. You can throw it back in the pot if it's not too contaminated with sawdust. Then you can sand the joint and you're done. The elapsed time between this photo and the one where the pieces were dry fitted is under five minutes and with the splines now in place the piece is strong enough to continue to handle and work with.

Automotive lighting Rectangle Wood Flooring Bumper


Of course in real life it is not necessary to get things done this quickly. Pieces can sit while others are fitted and glued, but this is how fast it can be done.

This joint is perfectly square, both vertically and horizontally, despite the fact that if you look closely, my "hot off the miter saw" cut was not.

That's it
I made a jig. Who would have thought.

Thanks

Comments, questions, critiques are always welcome.

Paul
It looks like it does a great job Paul. You may just become a jig-man. :) I'm puzzled in how you insert the bottom or the top though. Rabbet I assume? If so, how do you account for expansion? Hey, thanks for sharing.
 

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Perfect Splined Mitre Joints in Five Minutes Without Clamps

When I posted "Arnie's Tea Box" http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50187 one of the comments (Roger) was that these boxes make a great venue for displaying my marquetry. I totally agree but that meant streamlining the process of making the box. First was to come up with a jig to make the corners perfect every time quickly.

Here is what I came up with.

Disclaimer: I'm not a jig person so my jigs are usually utilitarian and often "throw away".

This photo shows the parts disassembled. Dimensions are irrelevant and I didn't take any so even I don't know them.
Wood Rectangle Hardwood Flooring Beige


Here the base piece has been turned right side up. The groove is for the pin in the top part. The cutouts at the apex are to insure that no glue contacts the jig.

Wood Triangle Rectangle Table Clock


Assemble the top part onto the bolt and adjust so that the spaces on the sides fit your stock width. Then slide the pieces of your box together until they match perfectly.

Wood Rectangle Gadget Beige Hardwood


Now remove one piece without moving the other. Coat the end with hot hide glue….Oh yes, this is a commercial for hide glue, sorry. But please bear with me.

Wood Textile Drinkware Dishware Serveware


Slide the piece back in and as the jig does most of the work, simply squeeze the top of the joint for about 15 seconds or so.

Wood Nail Thumb Finger Material property


This is the joint removed from the jig about 30 to 45 seconds after the glue was applied. It's already strong enough to hold together.

Furniture Wood Table Outdoor furniture Chair


A minute later it is strong enough to have it's spline grooves cut.

Wood Rectangle Triangle Flooring Hardwood

Wood Triangle Flooring Hardwood Plywood

Rectangle Wood Triangle Shipping box Packing materials


A little more hide glue on the splines and slip them into place.

Wood Flooring Hardwood Composite material Rectangle


In the time it takes to walk over to the band saw the splines are glued well enough to trim off.

Wood Rectangle Hardwood Beige Flooring


The glue is easy to rub off with your finger. It will ball up like rubber cement. You can throw it back in the pot if it's not too contaminated with sawdust. Then you can sand the joint and you're done. The elapsed time between this photo and the one where the pieces were dry fitted is under five minutes and with the splines now in place the piece is strong enough to continue to handle and work with.

Automotive lighting Rectangle Wood Flooring Bumper


Of course in real life it is not necessary to get things done this quickly. Pieces can sit while others are fitted and glued, but this is how fast it can be done.

This joint is perfectly square, both vertically and horizontally, despite the fact that if you look closely, my "hot off the miter saw" cut was not.

That's it
I made a jig. Who would have thought.

Thanks

Comments, questions, critiques are always welcome.

Paul
Thanks all.

Steve you plug it in in the morning or before 15 minutes before a gluing session and unplug it when you leave the shop. If you're using it much, it's always hot.

Rance I used a floating PW bottom in Arnie's Tea Box and the top is my favorite substrate, MDF, dimensionally pretty stable. I don't anticipate any problems. I won't use that top style again though - too hard to glue in nicely.

LittlePaw Fill yer boots. Glad to help.

Thanks again.
 

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Perfect Splined Mitre Joints in Five Minutes Without Clamps

When I posted "Arnie's Tea Box" http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50187 one of the comments (Roger) was that these boxes make a great venue for displaying my marquetry. I totally agree but that meant streamlining the process of making the box. First was to come up with a jig to make the corners perfect every time quickly.

Here is what I came up with.

Disclaimer: I'm not a jig person so my jigs are usually utilitarian and often "throw away".

This photo shows the parts disassembled. Dimensions are irrelevant and I didn't take any so even I don't know them.
Wood Rectangle Hardwood Flooring Beige


Here the base piece has been turned right side up. The groove is for the pin in the top part. The cutouts at the apex are to insure that no glue contacts the jig.

Wood Triangle Rectangle Table Clock


Assemble the top part onto the bolt and adjust so that the spaces on the sides fit your stock width. Then slide the pieces of your box together until they match perfectly.

Wood Rectangle Gadget Beige Hardwood


Now remove one piece without moving the other. Coat the end with hot hide glue….Oh yes, this is a commercial for hide glue, sorry. But please bear with me.

Wood Textile Drinkware Dishware Serveware


Slide the piece back in and as the jig does most of the work, simply squeeze the top of the joint for about 15 seconds or so.

Wood Nail Thumb Finger Material property


This is the joint removed from the jig about 30 to 45 seconds after the glue was applied. It's already strong enough to hold together.

Furniture Wood Table Outdoor furniture Chair


A minute later it is strong enough to have it's spline grooves cut.

Wood Rectangle Triangle Flooring Hardwood

Wood Triangle Flooring Hardwood Plywood

Rectangle Wood Triangle Shipping box Packing materials


A little more hide glue on the splines and slip them into place.

Wood Flooring Hardwood Composite material Rectangle


In the time it takes to walk over to the band saw the splines are glued well enough to trim off.

Wood Rectangle Hardwood Beige Flooring


The glue is easy to rub off with your finger. It will ball up like rubber cement. You can throw it back in the pot if it's not too contaminated with sawdust. Then you can sand the joint and you're done. The elapsed time between this photo and the one where the pieces were dry fitted is under five minutes and with the splines now in place the piece is strong enough to continue to handle and work with.

Automotive lighting Rectangle Wood Flooring Bumper


Of course in real life it is not necessary to get things done this quickly. Pieces can sit while others are fitted and glued, but this is how fast it can be done.

This joint is perfectly square, both vertically and horizontally, despite the fact that if you look closely, my "hot off the miter saw" cut was not.

That's it
I made a jig. Who would have thought.

Thanks

Comments, questions, critiques are always welcome.

Paul
Paul,
Your blogs are great!! Keep'em a comin!!!

Thanks for sharing!!
 

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Perfect Splined Mitre Joints in Five Minutes Without Clamps

When I posted "Arnie's Tea Box" http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50187 one of the comments (Roger) was that these boxes make a great venue for displaying my marquetry. I totally agree but that meant streamlining the process of making the box. First was to come up with a jig to make the corners perfect every time quickly.

Here is what I came up with.

Disclaimer: I'm not a jig person so my jigs are usually utilitarian and often "throw away".

This photo shows the parts disassembled. Dimensions are irrelevant and I didn't take any so even I don't know them.
Wood Rectangle Hardwood Flooring Beige


Here the base piece has been turned right side up. The groove is for the pin in the top part. The cutouts at the apex are to insure that no glue contacts the jig.

Wood Triangle Rectangle Table Clock


Assemble the top part onto the bolt and adjust so that the spaces on the sides fit your stock width. Then slide the pieces of your box together until they match perfectly.

Wood Rectangle Gadget Beige Hardwood


Now remove one piece without moving the other. Coat the end with hot hide glue….Oh yes, this is a commercial for hide glue, sorry. But please bear with me.

Wood Textile Drinkware Dishware Serveware


Slide the piece back in and as the jig does most of the work, simply squeeze the top of the joint for about 15 seconds or so.

Wood Nail Thumb Finger Material property


This is the joint removed from the jig about 30 to 45 seconds after the glue was applied. It's already strong enough to hold together.

Furniture Wood Table Outdoor furniture Chair


A minute later it is strong enough to have it's spline grooves cut.

Wood Rectangle Triangle Flooring Hardwood

Wood Triangle Flooring Hardwood Plywood

Rectangle Wood Triangle Shipping box Packing materials


A little more hide glue on the splines and slip them into place.

Wood Flooring Hardwood Composite material Rectangle


In the time it takes to walk over to the band saw the splines are glued well enough to trim off.

Wood Rectangle Hardwood Beige Flooring


The glue is easy to rub off with your finger. It will ball up like rubber cement. You can throw it back in the pot if it's not too contaminated with sawdust. Then you can sand the joint and you're done. The elapsed time between this photo and the one where the pieces were dry fitted is under five minutes and with the splines now in place the piece is strong enough to continue to handle and work with.

Automotive lighting Rectangle Wood Flooring Bumper


Of course in real life it is not necessary to get things done this quickly. Pieces can sit while others are fitted and glued, but this is how fast it can be done.

This joint is perfectly square, both vertically and horizontally, despite the fact that if you look closely, my "hot off the miter saw" cut was not.

That's it
I made a jig. Who would have thought.

Thanks

Comments, questions, critiques are always welcome.

Paul
Paul,

Thanks for sharing your brilliance with us. This is such a great learning place.

L/W
 

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Perfect Splined Mitre Joints in Five Minutes Without Clamps

When I posted "Arnie's Tea Box" http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50187 one of the comments (Roger) was that these boxes make a great venue for displaying my marquetry. I totally agree but that meant streamlining the process of making the box. First was to come up with a jig to make the corners perfect every time quickly.

Here is what I came up with.

Disclaimer: I'm not a jig person so my jigs are usually utilitarian and often "throw away".

This photo shows the parts disassembled. Dimensions are irrelevant and I didn't take any so even I don't know them.
Wood Rectangle Hardwood Flooring Beige


Here the base piece has been turned right side up. The groove is for the pin in the top part. The cutouts at the apex are to insure that no glue contacts the jig.

Wood Triangle Rectangle Table Clock


Assemble the top part onto the bolt and adjust so that the spaces on the sides fit your stock width. Then slide the pieces of your box together until they match perfectly.

Wood Rectangle Gadget Beige Hardwood


Now remove one piece without moving the other. Coat the end with hot hide glue….Oh yes, this is a commercial for hide glue, sorry. But please bear with me.

Wood Textile Drinkware Dishware Serveware


Slide the piece back in and as the jig does most of the work, simply squeeze the top of the joint for about 15 seconds or so.

Wood Nail Thumb Finger Material property


This is the joint removed from the jig about 30 to 45 seconds after the glue was applied. It's already strong enough to hold together.

Furniture Wood Table Outdoor furniture Chair


A minute later it is strong enough to have it's spline grooves cut.

Wood Rectangle Triangle Flooring Hardwood

Wood Triangle Flooring Hardwood Plywood

Rectangle Wood Triangle Shipping box Packing materials


A little more hide glue on the splines and slip them into place.

Wood Flooring Hardwood Composite material Rectangle


In the time it takes to walk over to the band saw the splines are glued well enough to trim off.

Wood Rectangle Hardwood Beige Flooring


The glue is easy to rub off with your finger. It will ball up like rubber cement. You can throw it back in the pot if it's not too contaminated with sawdust. Then you can sand the joint and you're done. The elapsed time between this photo and the one where the pieces were dry fitted is under five minutes and with the splines now in place the piece is strong enough to continue to handle and work with.

Automotive lighting Rectangle Wood Flooring Bumper


Of course in real life it is not necessary to get things done this quickly. Pieces can sit while others are fitted and glued, but this is how fast it can be done.

This joint is perfectly square, both vertically and horizontally, despite the fact that if you look closely, my "hot off the miter saw" cut was not.

That's it
I made a jig. Who would have thought.

Thanks

Comments, questions, critiques are always welcome.

Paul
Very interesting jig.

Thanks for all your blogs thay are quite informatyive.
 

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Perfect Splined Mitre Joints in Five Minutes Without Clamps

When I posted "Arnie's Tea Box" http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50187 one of the comments (Roger) was that these boxes make a great venue for displaying my marquetry. I totally agree but that meant streamlining the process of making the box. First was to come up with a jig to make the corners perfect every time quickly.

Here is what I came up with.

Disclaimer: I'm not a jig person so my jigs are usually utilitarian and often "throw away".

This photo shows the parts disassembled. Dimensions are irrelevant and I didn't take any so even I don't know them.
Wood Rectangle Hardwood Flooring Beige


Here the base piece has been turned right side up. The groove is for the pin in the top part. The cutouts at the apex are to insure that no glue contacts the jig.

Wood Triangle Rectangle Table Clock


Assemble the top part onto the bolt and adjust so that the spaces on the sides fit your stock width. Then slide the pieces of your box together until they match perfectly.

Wood Rectangle Gadget Beige Hardwood


Now remove one piece without moving the other. Coat the end with hot hide glue….Oh yes, this is a commercial for hide glue, sorry. But please bear with me.

Wood Textile Drinkware Dishware Serveware


Slide the piece back in and as the jig does most of the work, simply squeeze the top of the joint for about 15 seconds or so.

Wood Nail Thumb Finger Material property


This is the joint removed from the jig about 30 to 45 seconds after the glue was applied. It's already strong enough to hold together.

Furniture Wood Table Outdoor furniture Chair


A minute later it is strong enough to have it's spline grooves cut.

Wood Rectangle Triangle Flooring Hardwood

Wood Triangle Flooring Hardwood Plywood

Rectangle Wood Triangle Shipping box Packing materials


A little more hide glue on the splines and slip them into place.

Wood Flooring Hardwood Composite material Rectangle


In the time it takes to walk over to the band saw the splines are glued well enough to trim off.

Wood Rectangle Hardwood Beige Flooring


The glue is easy to rub off with your finger. It will ball up like rubber cement. You can throw it back in the pot if it's not too contaminated with sawdust. Then you can sand the joint and you're done. The elapsed time between this photo and the one where the pieces were dry fitted is under five minutes and with the splines now in place the piece is strong enough to continue to handle and work with.

Automotive lighting Rectangle Wood Flooring Bumper


Of course in real life it is not necessary to get things done this quickly. Pieces can sit while others are fitted and glued, but this is how fast it can be done.

This joint is perfectly square, both vertically and horizontally, despite the fact that if you look closely, my "hot off the miter saw" cut was not.

That's it
I made a jig. Who would have thought.

Thanks

Comments, questions, critiques are always welcome.

Paul
Hide Glue.

Time to bring the pot back out. I haven't fussed with it in a while. The time feels right.
 

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Perfect Splined Mitre Joints in Five Minutes Without Clamps

When I posted "Arnie's Tea Box" http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50187 one of the comments (Roger) was that these boxes make a great venue for displaying my marquetry. I totally agree but that meant streamlining the process of making the box. First was to come up with a jig to make the corners perfect every time quickly.

Here is what I came up with.

Disclaimer: I'm not a jig person so my jigs are usually utilitarian and often "throw away".

This photo shows the parts disassembled. Dimensions are irrelevant and I didn't take any so even I don't know them.
Wood Rectangle Hardwood Flooring Beige


Here the base piece has been turned right side up. The groove is for the pin in the top part. The cutouts at the apex are to insure that no glue contacts the jig.

Wood Triangle Rectangle Table Clock


Assemble the top part onto the bolt and adjust so that the spaces on the sides fit your stock width. Then slide the pieces of your box together until they match perfectly.

Wood Rectangle Gadget Beige Hardwood


Now remove one piece without moving the other. Coat the end with hot hide glue….Oh yes, this is a commercial for hide glue, sorry. But please bear with me.

Wood Textile Drinkware Dishware Serveware


Slide the piece back in and as the jig does most of the work, simply squeeze the top of the joint for about 15 seconds or so.

Wood Nail Thumb Finger Material property


This is the joint removed from the jig about 30 to 45 seconds after the glue was applied. It's already strong enough to hold together.

Furniture Wood Table Outdoor furniture Chair


A minute later it is strong enough to have it's spline grooves cut.

Wood Rectangle Triangle Flooring Hardwood

Wood Triangle Flooring Hardwood Plywood

Rectangle Wood Triangle Shipping box Packing materials


A little more hide glue on the splines and slip them into place.

Wood Flooring Hardwood Composite material Rectangle


In the time it takes to walk over to the band saw the splines are glued well enough to trim off.

Wood Rectangle Hardwood Beige Flooring


The glue is easy to rub off with your finger. It will ball up like rubber cement. You can throw it back in the pot if it's not too contaminated with sawdust. Then you can sand the joint and you're done. The elapsed time between this photo and the one where the pieces were dry fitted is under five minutes and with the splines now in place the piece is strong enough to continue to handle and work with.

Automotive lighting Rectangle Wood Flooring Bumper


Of course in real life it is not necessary to get things done this quickly. Pieces can sit while others are fitted and glued, but this is how fast it can be done.

This joint is perfectly square, both vertically and horizontally, despite the fact that if you look closely, my "hot off the miter saw" cut was not.

That's it
I made a jig. Who would have thought.

Thanks

Comments, questions, critiques are always welcome.

Paul
Good to know there is someone else out there who uses hide glue!! I started about 2 years ago & wish it had been sooner. Great jig BTW!
 

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Perfect Splined Mitre Joints in Five Minutes Without Clamps

When I posted "Arnie's Tea Box" http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50187 one of the comments (Roger) was that these boxes make a great venue for displaying my marquetry. I totally agree but that meant streamlining the process of making the box. First was to come up with a jig to make the corners perfect every time quickly.

Here is what I came up with.

Disclaimer: I'm not a jig person so my jigs are usually utilitarian and often "throw away".

This photo shows the parts disassembled. Dimensions are irrelevant and I didn't take any so even I don't know them.
Wood Rectangle Hardwood Flooring Beige


Here the base piece has been turned right side up. The groove is for the pin in the top part. The cutouts at the apex are to insure that no glue contacts the jig.

Wood Triangle Rectangle Table Clock


Assemble the top part onto the bolt and adjust so that the spaces on the sides fit your stock width. Then slide the pieces of your box together until they match perfectly.

Wood Rectangle Gadget Beige Hardwood


Now remove one piece without moving the other. Coat the end with hot hide glue….Oh yes, this is a commercial for hide glue, sorry. But please bear with me.

Wood Textile Drinkware Dishware Serveware


Slide the piece back in and as the jig does most of the work, simply squeeze the top of the joint for about 15 seconds or so.

Wood Nail Thumb Finger Material property


This is the joint removed from the jig about 30 to 45 seconds after the glue was applied. It's already strong enough to hold together.

Furniture Wood Table Outdoor furniture Chair


A minute later it is strong enough to have it's spline grooves cut.

Wood Rectangle Triangle Flooring Hardwood

Wood Triangle Flooring Hardwood Plywood

Rectangle Wood Triangle Shipping box Packing materials


A little more hide glue on the splines and slip them into place.

Wood Flooring Hardwood Composite material Rectangle


In the time it takes to walk over to the band saw the splines are glued well enough to trim off.

Wood Rectangle Hardwood Beige Flooring


The glue is easy to rub off with your finger. It will ball up like rubber cement. You can throw it back in the pot if it's not too contaminated with sawdust. Then you can sand the joint and you're done. The elapsed time between this photo and the one where the pieces were dry fitted is under five minutes and with the splines now in place the piece is strong enough to continue to handle and work with.

Automotive lighting Rectangle Wood Flooring Bumper


Of course in real life it is not necessary to get things done this quickly. Pieces can sit while others are fitted and glued, but this is how fast it can be done.

This joint is perfectly square, both vertically and horizontally, despite the fact that if you look closely, my "hot off the miter saw" cut was not.

That's it
I made a jig. Who would have thought.

Thanks

Comments, questions, critiques are always welcome.

Paul
GOLLY! Had no idea that Hide glue dried SO FAST!

I'll have to look into that stuff… a little more…

You have a Pot (electrically heated?)...
Can you leave the glue in the pot at all times?
How long does it take to get the glue liquid?
We know it dries FAST… How strong is it for the long haul?
How about water problems?

COOL little jig! Nice job!
Thank you.
 

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Perfect Splined Mitre Joints in Five Minutes Without Clamps

When I posted "Arnie's Tea Box" http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50187 one of the comments (Roger) was that these boxes make a great venue for displaying my marquetry. I totally agree but that meant streamlining the process of making the box. First was to come up with a jig to make the corners perfect every time quickly.

Here is what I came up with.

Disclaimer: I'm not a jig person so my jigs are usually utilitarian and often "throw away".

This photo shows the parts disassembled. Dimensions are irrelevant and I didn't take any so even I don't know them.
Wood Rectangle Hardwood Flooring Beige


Here the base piece has been turned right side up. The groove is for the pin in the top part. The cutouts at the apex are to insure that no glue contacts the jig.

Wood Triangle Rectangle Table Clock


Assemble the top part onto the bolt and adjust so that the spaces on the sides fit your stock width. Then slide the pieces of your box together until they match perfectly.

Wood Rectangle Gadget Beige Hardwood


Now remove one piece without moving the other. Coat the end with hot hide glue….Oh yes, this is a commercial for hide glue, sorry. But please bear with me.

Wood Textile Drinkware Dishware Serveware


Slide the piece back in and as the jig does most of the work, simply squeeze the top of the joint for about 15 seconds or so.

Wood Nail Thumb Finger Material property


This is the joint removed from the jig about 30 to 45 seconds after the glue was applied. It's already strong enough to hold together.

Furniture Wood Table Outdoor furniture Chair


A minute later it is strong enough to have it's spline grooves cut.

Wood Rectangle Triangle Flooring Hardwood

Wood Triangle Flooring Hardwood Plywood

Rectangle Wood Triangle Shipping box Packing materials


A little more hide glue on the splines and slip them into place.

Wood Flooring Hardwood Composite material Rectangle


In the time it takes to walk over to the band saw the splines are glued well enough to trim off.

Wood Rectangle Hardwood Beige Flooring


The glue is easy to rub off with your finger. It will ball up like rubber cement. You can throw it back in the pot if it's not too contaminated with sawdust. Then you can sand the joint and you're done. The elapsed time between this photo and the one where the pieces were dry fitted is under five minutes and with the splines now in place the piece is strong enough to continue to handle and work with.

Automotive lighting Rectangle Wood Flooring Bumper


Of course in real life it is not necessary to get things done this quickly. Pieces can sit while others are fitted and glued, but this is how fast it can be done.

This joint is perfectly square, both vertically and horizontally, despite the fact that if you look closely, my "hot off the miter saw" cut was not.

That's it
I made a jig. Who would have thought.

Thanks

Comments, questions, critiques are always welcome.

Paul
Hi Joe
There are several articles on hide glue available on the internet. Here's one: http://wpatrickedwards.blogspot.com/2011/05/animal-protein-glue.html
Patrick is probably as much of an expert as you will find and he has several other articles about it.

Since I got through the initial learning curve, and there is one, I have almost never gone back to my pva bottle and will only use it occasionally for convenience.

1) I have a "Hold Heet" pot now but successfully used a Rival kettle for some time. They work well but the pot is well worth the initial investment.

2) Yes, as long as you don't let it go bad the pot never needs emptying

3) The granular, flake, or bead form must be soaked for a while before it can be heated and liquefied. The actual heating takes around a half hour. You can keep the hydrated gel that you get when you soak it in the freezer in little blocks to save prep time and once you get the pot hot in the AM you can leave it on all day.
Just remove the pot liner with the glue in it and put it in the fridge over night and it lasts very well.

4) It comes in various strengths for various uses but it is one of the strongest glues there are.

5) If you get it wet and warm at the same time it will re-liquify. Is that a problem or an asset? If you are talking about indoor furniture, that's a huge asset. for veneer work, an even bigger one.

Do some internet research.
You will be impressed.

I think the main reason it has fallen into disuse is that "modern" glue manufacturers have done a great marketing job.
 

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Perfect Splined Mitre Joints in Five Minutes Without Clamps

When I posted "Arnie's Tea Box" http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50187 one of the comments (Roger) was that these boxes make a great venue for displaying my marquetry. I totally agree but that meant streamlining the process of making the box. First was to come up with a jig to make the corners perfect every time quickly.

Here is what I came up with.

Disclaimer: I'm not a jig person so my jigs are usually utilitarian and often "throw away".

This photo shows the parts disassembled. Dimensions are irrelevant and I didn't take any so even I don't know them.
Wood Rectangle Hardwood Flooring Beige


Here the base piece has been turned right side up. The groove is for the pin in the top part. The cutouts at the apex are to insure that no glue contacts the jig.

Wood Triangle Rectangle Table Clock


Assemble the top part onto the bolt and adjust so that the spaces on the sides fit your stock width. Then slide the pieces of your box together until they match perfectly.

Wood Rectangle Gadget Beige Hardwood


Now remove one piece without moving the other. Coat the end with hot hide glue….Oh yes, this is a commercial for hide glue, sorry. But please bear with me.

Wood Textile Drinkware Dishware Serveware


Slide the piece back in and as the jig does most of the work, simply squeeze the top of the joint for about 15 seconds or so.

Wood Nail Thumb Finger Material property


This is the joint removed from the jig about 30 to 45 seconds after the glue was applied. It's already strong enough to hold together.

Furniture Wood Table Outdoor furniture Chair


A minute later it is strong enough to have it's spline grooves cut.

Wood Rectangle Triangle Flooring Hardwood

Wood Triangle Flooring Hardwood Plywood

Rectangle Wood Triangle Shipping box Packing materials


A little more hide glue on the splines and slip them into place.

Wood Flooring Hardwood Composite material Rectangle


In the time it takes to walk over to the band saw the splines are glued well enough to trim off.

Wood Rectangle Hardwood Beige Flooring


The glue is easy to rub off with your finger. It will ball up like rubber cement. You can throw it back in the pot if it's not too contaminated with sawdust. Then you can sand the joint and you're done. The elapsed time between this photo and the one where the pieces were dry fitted is under five minutes and with the splines now in place the piece is strong enough to continue to handle and work with.

Automotive lighting Rectangle Wood Flooring Bumper


Of course in real life it is not necessary to get things done this quickly. Pieces can sit while others are fitted and glued, but this is how fast it can be done.

This joint is perfectly square, both vertically and horizontally, despite the fact that if you look closely, my "hot off the miter saw" cut was not.

That's it
I made a jig. Who would have thought.

Thanks

Comments, questions, critiques are always welcome.

Paul
It was very interesting, Paul. I appreciate it.
 

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Perfect Splined Mitre Joints in Five Minutes Without Clamps

When I posted "Arnie's Tea Box" http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50187 one of the comments (Roger) was that these boxes make a great venue for displaying my marquetry. I totally agree but that meant streamlining the process of making the box. First was to come up with a jig to make the corners perfect every time quickly.

Here is what I came up with.

Disclaimer: I'm not a jig person so my jigs are usually utilitarian and often "throw away".

This photo shows the parts disassembled. Dimensions are irrelevant and I didn't take any so even I don't know them.
Wood Rectangle Hardwood Flooring Beige


Here the base piece has been turned right side up. The groove is for the pin in the top part. The cutouts at the apex are to insure that no glue contacts the jig.

Wood Triangle Rectangle Table Clock


Assemble the top part onto the bolt and adjust so that the spaces on the sides fit your stock width. Then slide the pieces of your box together until they match perfectly.

Wood Rectangle Gadget Beige Hardwood


Now remove one piece without moving the other. Coat the end with hot hide glue….Oh yes, this is a commercial for hide glue, sorry. But please bear with me.

Wood Textile Drinkware Dishware Serveware


Slide the piece back in and as the jig does most of the work, simply squeeze the top of the joint for about 15 seconds or so.

Wood Nail Thumb Finger Material property


This is the joint removed from the jig about 30 to 45 seconds after the glue was applied. It's already strong enough to hold together.

Furniture Wood Table Outdoor furniture Chair


A minute later it is strong enough to have it's spline grooves cut.

Wood Rectangle Triangle Flooring Hardwood

Wood Triangle Flooring Hardwood Plywood

Rectangle Wood Triangle Shipping box Packing materials


A little more hide glue on the splines and slip them into place.

Wood Flooring Hardwood Composite material Rectangle


In the time it takes to walk over to the band saw the splines are glued well enough to trim off.

Wood Rectangle Hardwood Beige Flooring


The glue is easy to rub off with your finger. It will ball up like rubber cement. You can throw it back in the pot if it's not too contaminated with sawdust. Then you can sand the joint and you're done. The elapsed time between this photo and the one where the pieces were dry fitted is under five minutes and with the splines now in place the piece is strong enough to continue to handle and work with.

Automotive lighting Rectangle Wood Flooring Bumper


Of course in real life it is not necessary to get things done this quickly. Pieces can sit while others are fitted and glued, but this is how fast it can be done.

This joint is perfectly square, both vertically and horizontally, despite the fact that if you look closely, my "hot off the miter saw" cut was not.

That's it
I made a jig. Who would have thought.

Thanks

Comments, questions, critiques are always welcome.

Paul
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Perfect Splined Mitre Joints in Five Minutes Without Clamps

When I posted "Arnie's Tea Box" http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50187 one of the comments (Roger) was that these boxes make a great venue for displaying my marquetry. I totally agree but that meant streamlining the process of making the box. First was to come up with a jig to make the corners perfect every time quickly.

Here is what I came up with.

Disclaimer: I'm not a jig person so my jigs are usually utilitarian and often "throw away".

This photo shows the parts disassembled. Dimensions are irrelevant and I didn't take any so even I don't know them.
Wood Rectangle Hardwood Flooring Beige


Here the base piece has been turned right side up. The groove is for the pin in the top part. The cutouts at the apex are to insure that no glue contacts the jig.

Wood Triangle Rectangle Table Clock


Assemble the top part onto the bolt and adjust so that the spaces on the sides fit your stock width. Then slide the pieces of your box together until they match perfectly.

Wood Rectangle Gadget Beige Hardwood


Now remove one piece without moving the other. Coat the end with hot hide glue….Oh yes, this is a commercial for hide glue, sorry. But please bear with me.

Wood Textile Drinkware Dishware Serveware


Slide the piece back in and as the jig does most of the work, simply squeeze the top of the joint for about 15 seconds or so.

Wood Nail Thumb Finger Material property


This is the joint removed from the jig about 30 to 45 seconds after the glue was applied. It's already strong enough to hold together.

Furniture Wood Table Outdoor furniture Chair


A minute later it is strong enough to have it's spline grooves cut.

Wood Rectangle Triangle Flooring Hardwood

Wood Triangle Flooring Hardwood Plywood

Rectangle Wood Triangle Shipping box Packing materials


A little more hide glue on the splines and slip them into place.

Wood Flooring Hardwood Composite material Rectangle


In the time it takes to walk over to the band saw the splines are glued well enough to trim off.

Wood Rectangle Hardwood Beige Flooring


The glue is easy to rub off with your finger. It will ball up like rubber cement. You can throw it back in the pot if it's not too contaminated with sawdust. Then you can sand the joint and you're done. The elapsed time between this photo and the one where the pieces were dry fitted is under five minutes and with the splines now in place the piece is strong enough to continue to handle and work with.

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Of course in real life it is not necessary to get things done this quickly. Pieces can sit while others are fitted and glued, but this is how fast it can be done.

This joint is perfectly square, both vertically and horizontally, despite the fact that if you look closely, my "hot off the miter saw" cut was not.

That's it
I made a jig. Who would have thought.

Thanks

Comments, questions, critiques are always welcome.

Paul
Welcome Peter

This may be the greatest place but it can be very addictive.
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