Strength and durability are important in a box joint but a decorative spline can add visual appeal to projects. 

The Large Box Spline Jig from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware allows the user to cut slots with a hand-held router and add a decorative spline. This particularly helpful for large boxes that are difficult to handle and position on a router table.

Here's how it works: First, the jig is clamped to the box corner. The jig face supports and guides the router as slots are cut. Next, cut to size splines and add adhesive to each side. Place them in the slots, then trim and sand.

How It Works: Dress Up Box Joints With Decorative Splines

How It Works: Dress Up Box Joints With Decorative Splines

How It Works: Dress Up Box Joints With Decorative Splines

"The Large Box Spline Jig brings the routing to the box joint without the need to bring the box to a router table," says Steve Krohmer, Rockler's Vice President of Product Marketing. "This jig simply clamps onto the box joint and guides the router for perfect spline cuts. The addition of splines transforms ordinary box joints into a piece of art that is fit for display."


More on Router Jigs and Guides 
 
 The Perfect Dado Jig is a router guide that helps create dadoes from 1/2" to 1" wide.  A pine toolbox design circa 1750, with plans adapted by teacher Neil Scher, features routers, jig saw and clamps.

 


Features of the Large Box Spline Jig include durable plastic surfaces and an adjustable edge guide. The jig can be used with a variety of router models and the user can create a variety of spline patterns, depending on the style of the router bit.

 

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