I wanted to attach a frame to a chess board with nothing visible on the
outside this time. Considering that doing blind dowels meant drilling
before assembly, it would have removed the fiddle factor. Instead, I
decided to do splines, in order to be able to slide the pieces around a bit
to settle them into perfect alignment.
Now that the clamps are off and it looks fine, I'm second-guessing my
splines. That worked so incredibly well, that I expect to use this
technique often. Hence the questions...
As background, I have a thin-kerf blade with a 1/8" kerf. No dado set.
Firstly, is a 1/8" spline thick enough to be useful? (The pieces will
usually be some flavor of 4/4 stock glued edge to edge.) I'm especially
wondering if this is enough to hold cantankerous pieces at bay during a
Secondly, I have a bunch of three-layer junk mystery plywood that I found
inside a furniture box. It's a little less than 1/32" shy of being 1/8",
and isn't quite a tight fit in the slot, but it has three distinct layers
so should be better grain-wise than using some kind of solid stock. Is
~1/32" undersized too loose for a good fit, or should that be OK? Seems
like I'm probably pushing what a glue layer can do here, but maybe you can
make me feel better about using the rest of the plywood for this.
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