Monday, September 1, 2008

Mission Footstool Project: Splines

Before I mortise the legs into the top, I want to glue up the two top pieces. In the design, I called for a spline, or floating tenon, between the two pieces. First I cut the slot with a handsaw, which gave me a 1/16" slot. Then I enlarged it with chisels and a knife to 1/8". It would have gone a lot faster with a plow plane, but it's still on my tools-to-make list.
For the splines, I split 1/8" by 3/8" by 1" pieces and tested them in the groove. These are the 11 that fit. I'm leaving the splines at the ends for when I glue up the panel, so I can fit them perfectly.

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