Planing a Spline

A spline is simply a piece of wood that is inserted into a joint. Splines can be useful in a variety of applications.

a spline in the corner of this cedar frame adds strength and alignment

A spline can add strength and alignment, especially where there is a specific angle that needs to be held, as in the case of this mirror-frame.

Or, it can solve a particular problem, as when Joe was joining pine wall-boards for an interior wall. He wanted to join them tightly, as with a tongue-and-groove, but he didn’t want to lose any of the height of the boards as he worked up the wall.

So he used a spline! He ran a groove down each wall board, and cut a spline to fit into the grooves, neatly joining the two planks together.

But that created a new problem to solve…How do you plane a piece of wood that is one-half inch wide, one-quarter inch thick, and six-and-a-half feet long?

A doe’s foot…a holdfast…and a curving path of bench dogs!

Setting up to plane a long spline at
…brace the end…
Setting up to plane a long spline at
…the long s-curve provides the best path for a smooth plane stroke…

Creative solutions are just part of a day in the workshop when you’re working by hand!

And whatsoever ye do, in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (Colossians 3:17, KJV)

by Sydney Michalski

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