2.Add strength and style with splines

WOOD - - 4 BITS, 3 JOINTS, TOO EASY! VOL.2 -

Splines in a mitered box corner pro­vide eye­catch­ing de­tail and sig­nif­i­cantly strengthen the joint. To cut ei­ther straight or dove­tailed splines, build the jig above, then cut the slots [Pho­tos A–D]. Dove­tail splines pro­vide the il­lu­sion of dove­tailed cor­ners. The same jig works for cut­ting this joint [Pho­tos E–H]. Pre­pare stock 1∕16" thicker than the bit di­am­e­ter for splines and for test­ing set­ups.

In­stall a 1∕4" spi­ral bit in the router ta­ble, place the box in the jig, and set the height of the router bit (3∕8" here, for these 3∕4"-thick box sides). The 1∕4" ply­wood backer pre­vents chipout on the exit side of the cut.

Cen­ter the bit in the slot in the jig’s base, and lock the router-ta­ble fence against it.

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