General Hardwood Flooring

I was not too happy about the spline prices, and immediately started looking for alternatives. All boards installed in a solid hardwood flooring job should be end matched and side matched. The nailer will drive the flooring boards sharply against the braces, so ensure the braces are securely nailed. The natural development of a rebate is a groove, as shown here in a spline joint, which uses a separate strip of wood (the loose spline) to join two pieces of stock via a groove in each. Splines also possess quantifiable parameters that can validate their aesthetic pleasingness.

After an hour I come back, pull the clamps off and laminate up some more splines. The sides that line up the box could be easier to move, especially as they get closer to the bit. For a spline to add strength to a joint, its grain must run across the joint, not parallel to it. Flex a piece of thin wood along the grain and it snaps easily. Xix As CAD became more widespread, departments bought or developed their own specialized software to handle the different component geometries of the aircraft; xx for example, wing design required continuous splines for aerodynamic analysis.


Still, though, rub joint then planer works great and I don’t have to worry about cross cutting through a domino/biscuit. These lines will determine where the track risers go. I cut the risers from 1×2 or 1×3 cutting the tops at an angle to match the grade and clamp them in place temporarily while I use a level to get them vertical and check their height against the railhead (track) line drawn on the wall. This is particularly appreciated with white frames where construction with prefinished moulding often results in a very noticable corner seam. Depending on the box design, there are several hinge types that I commonly use.

In this regard, the department’s primary teaching responsibility is to provide high quality educational opportunities necessary to adequately prepare students for professional and scientific careers in forest products and wood science. When choosing the stock for your splines think about what you want the finished box to look like. Ensure the splines are thick enough to fit snugly inside the grooves and wide enough to extend 1/4 inch outside them. The flooring is in strips of pre-fab tongue and groove 5/16th oak, prefinished. I was looking for a way to cut splines in my small boxes with my router and this fits the bill perfectly.

He has received the highest award from the following societies: Distinguished Service Award, Society of Wood Science & Technology; Gottschalk Award, Forest Products Society; Award of Merit, American Wood Protection Association; and Award of Merit, Railway Tie Association. What if you have larger workpieces that each have to have the splines recentered, the blade would be cutting new kerfs in the jig which would eventually fall apart. I trashed the frame and I ended up cutting the biscuits flush, because they held to the case, so I do think it adds strength in this case. Matching splines use the same wood as the frame and are less conspicuous than the contrasting splines.

To this I screwed a piece of scrap wood aligned to the track center line for a clamping block/guide. Yes, it is more more, but the splines look more professional and are unquestionably the best option. Since most splines used in the average wood shop will be around ¼”-thick, I use a standard 1/8”-wide kerf blade in the table saw to make them. So in case you couldn’t already tell, I would never use biscuits as a primary form of joinery, especially when there are end-grain to long-grain joints involved.