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All the measurements throughout the project where all done with one tape measure. It's best to stick with one throughout a project so the measurements don't slight vary. I used Forrest table saw blades to cut all of my wood. Some people feel all blades are the same. I love Forrest blade. The one on the left is for real wood and the one of the right is for plywood.

forrest blades

I cut the sides from the new plywood.

sides cut from plywood

 

I marked the wood right and left; inside and out.

 

I carefully marked the angles of each corner on the end of each piece and the direction of cut.

 

marked the angles of each corner

 

I used my Wixey digital angle finder to set the table saw blade. I first cut the angle where the two side pieces meet. I then cut the width of the boards to the correct size and cut the remaining angles.

 

 

Since miter corners are not very strong I decided to use some splines for support. I had some problems cutting the splines since they are not at a 45 degree angle.

 

problem with cutting the splines

more trouble with cutting splines

 

After some test cuts I ended up cutting them at a 90 degree angle. I used my test boards to help support my boards while I cut the boards at a 90 degree angle. I used double sided tape to secure the boards together.

 

 

With these smaller pieces you can see how I cut the larger pieces. The blade is set at 90 degrees while the angle of the wood sets flush on the table top. These boards are part of the face frame which I'll talk about later.

  cutting splines

 

 

I wasn't sure what material I should use for the splines. Some people were against using hardboard but after some researching and testing I found hardboard to be perfect to use in my case so I cut my splines using hardboard. Here’s one of the statements I found regarding the use of hardboard.

Splined Edge-to-Edge Joint
This is a variation of a biscuit joint. Instead of using numerous smaller biscuits, splines are essentially a single long biscuit used to align the two pieces. The spline is a piece of plywood or hardboard that is placed in a slots that are cut in the adjoining edges. These slots can be stopped so they do not show if the ends are to be exposed. One thing to keep in mind is to ensure the spline is slightly narrower than the depth of the slot. Making the spline exactly the depth of the slot can lead to splitting of the wood as the surrounding wood shrinks, but the hardboard spline does not . A gap of 1/32 (1/64th on either slot) is sufficient to prevent this problem.

Here's a very good article I located regarding splines.

 

I really like my tablesaw gripper. I highly recommend getting at least one of these if not a pair.

 

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