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How to make splines for picture frames?

There was a post on here a while ago by a very talented guy(don't remember his name) that did a how to on making splined picture frames. He made a jig for his table saw. I really liked the splined picture frames and was playing around in the garage the other night and decided to try and make a spline jig from scrap laying around. Here is what I came up with, be easy on me! I still have some work to do to it. I also took this chance to get my miter saw dialed in for angles.

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So now that I have the jig I'm going to attempt to make a smaller frame for now. My question is what is the best way to get the splines the correct thickness? Most likely will be getting 3/4" thick wood from menards so will have to make it the right thickness. I'm thinking to resaw it on my table saw to two 3/8" minus saw kerf pieces and then run it threw the planner until it's the right thickness to fit the splines? Or is there a better way to do this?

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-03-2012, 11:56 PM
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your splines will be saw kerf thick...?

Which is a little less than 1/8", too thin to run through a planer.
They need not be very long so you could just cross cut them from a 1" x 12" cut off using a stop for the length/thickness.
Use an extended fence on your miter gauge and clamp the stop just the right side of the saw kerf on the fence.


Or if you have one of those thin rip gizmos from Rockler or can make one, you can rip some thin strips.
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...6&site=ROCKLER

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Ya I guess the planer was a bad idea.

Would a cross cut sled do what you are doing in your picture? I've been meaning to make a crosscut sled for a while now.

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Yes a sled would do the job and probably have less chance of letting the cut off spline be thrown by the saw.

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I've been playing with splines lately and I don't have a much better answer. I will say that a zero-clearance insert is important to do this safely if not using a sled of some kind. I have been just ripping along my fence, but that requires some trial and error to space things properly and get the correct thickness. If you have a decent fence, this shouldn't be a problem (I don't ).
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I rip 8' lumber on the table saw (with feather boards and a push shoe) into spline widths of 7/8" to 15/16"., and a thickness of a heavy ". I use a block sander to do a few swipes on each wide face to clean up if necessary. I use the same block sander to put a slight chamfer on the sharp outside corners.

I will use either a " slot cutter (with a bearing) or a " straight faced router bit to make the groove. The depth I leave at ". When I need a spline, I just cut off what's necessary.





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I rip 8' lumber on the table saw (with feather boards and a push shoe) into spline widths of 7/8" to 15/16"., and a thickness of a heavy ". I use a block sander to do a few swipes on each wide face to clean up if necessary. I use the same block sander to put a slight chamfer on the sharp outside corners.

I will use either a " slot cutter (with a bearing) or a " straight faced router bit to make the groove. The depth I leave at ". When I need a spline, I just cut off what's necessary.





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You're fancier than I am. I am just using splines that are (conveniently) the thickness of my thin kerf table saw blade. Once I've got a router table set up, though, look out!
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a cool spline jig

Splined Frame jig/Tutorial

another:
Splined frame jig

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The first one was the thread I got the idea from.

Looks like its time to make that sled I've been meaning to.

Thanks for all the advice.

Thanks for your help
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The first one was the thread I got the idea from.

Looks like its time to make that sled I've been meaning to.

Thanks for all the advice.
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I've been playing with splines lately and I don't have a much better answer. I will say that a zero-clearance insert is important to do this safely if not using a sled of some kind. I have been just ripping along my fence, but that requires some trial and error to space things properly and get the correct thickness. If you have a decent fence, this shouldn't be a problem (I don't ).
That's another thing I've been meaning to make! Someday I will actually get around to doing some woodworking if I can ever get all these jigs made! But I guess that's half the fun and the best part is most jigs are made from scrap wood laying around so it doesn't cost much at all.

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