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cut at 45° — otherwise the splines won't fit easily into the grooves.) A guide bar (D), on the platform, guides the sliding table.

The table assembly consists of a sliding table (E) with a fence (F) attached to one CONSTRUCTION. This jig has two maifind, see Fig. L The fence does two things.

parts, see Fig. 1. Abase assembly clamps to the router table and looks like a small lec tern. Sitting on top of it is a sliding table with a fence that holds the stock as it slides past the slot cutter.

The base assembly consists of a base f)late (A) and brace (B)that hold a plat-orm (C) at a 45° angle, see Fig. 1. (Shop Note: The angles on the base assembly are

First, it holds the stock while making the cut. And, second, it's a backing board tq»re-vent chipout on the edge of the workpiece.

The fence is screwed (not glued) to the table. This way it can be replaced if it gets chewed up. (Safety Note: Keep the screws out of the path of the slot cutter.)

set-up. To setup the jig, first install a slot cutter in the router table and clamp a piece

If you've built an original] ig and would like to see it featured on this page, sendyour idea to Woodsmith, Reader's Jig, 2200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312.

If we publish it, wellsend you $100 and a full set of Woodsmith back issues, with binders. (This set retails for over $300.) Include a sketch (or photo) and explain how it's used. And please include a daytime phone number of scrap (the same thickness as iour workpiece) to the fence, see Fig. 2. hen lightly clamp thej ig to the table. Now, adjust the slot cutter until if s in the correct location on the thickness of the miter.

Then, to set the depth of the slot, move the jig closer to or further from the bi When it's in position, tighten the clamps so the jig won't shift on the router table.

USING the JIG. When the jig is set up, hold the workpiece against the fence and feed it through the cutter, see photo.

One other thought To make splinedm ters stronger, cut the spline so the grain runs across thej oint see Fig. 3. □

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