Spline Making, Sans Table Saw

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Forum topic by 870pilot posted 01-08-2011 03:08 AM 1163 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-08-2011 03:08 AM

Topic tags/keywords: splines art box palm box question jig tip resource trick

I’m very much hooked on Andy-like palm and art boxes, and have really liked the spline look on the corners. Sadly, there is no table saw in my humble shop (yet) just a miter saw. Has anyone ever made splines for a small artsy box on a miter saw using a jig? Hmmmmm…

-- Olivia's Papa, Newbie Woodworker, Old Tool Fan

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#1 posted 01-08-2011 03:19 AM

I cannot envision a jig that would enable you to cut the grooves for splines with a miter saw.

If I had to cut them without a TS, my first choice would be a router with a 1/8” straight bit and a jig to guide it.

Another option may be cut them by hand, except hand saws have a narrow kerf. You would probably want to make 2 cuts and clean out what is left in the middle.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 01-08-2011 03:28 AM

Hard to do without some sort of circular saw. The 1/8” straight
bit would work, but such a bit is fragile in use. A slot cutter is a
great option for a router table.

You can do this type of joint adequately on a real cheap-o portable
table saw.

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#3 posted 01-08-2011 03:39 AM

I’ve been keeping my eyes open on Craig’s List for a simple cheapo table saw until i can get enough mooooolah together for something decent, thanks guys!

-- Olivia's Papa, Newbie Woodworker, Old Tool Fan

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#4 posted 01-08-2011 04:08 AM

i would go with a router or handsaw for now.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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