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spline cutting jig Router VS Tablesaw

I have been adding splines to some small boxes, I have been cutting slots on tablesaw and have seen the rockler router jig that promises precision but I just cant think that you could cut a full depth 1/8"slot in 3/4 stock . any body have experience with router method?
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-03-2017, 09:32 PM
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It's not clear which direction the splines run...

They could run parallel with the sides or run across the corners for a decorative effect. Which...?

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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I donít personally use a router table for splines (yet), but I know it is commonly done. Using a router increases the possibilities because you can use dovetail bits for splines. If your bit isnít long enough you can get a bit extension.


In woodworking there is always more then one way to accomplish something.
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I love the spline joint. Itís fast and strong. I always use plywood for the spline material.
The router with a roller bearing makes a very clean, fast cut. Iíve cut a lot of splines with the router.
I prefer a blind spline. Start the cut 2Ē from the edge and stop the cut 2Ē from the opposite end.
A spline is Stronger than biscuits.
I cut my splines 7/8Ē wide from good 1/4Ē plywood. The router cuts 1/2Ē deep. This leaves a little room for glue a assures a good tight joint.
Iíve never had a splined joint fail. I have had a biscuit joint fail.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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