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A clamping jig with a cloud lifted profile safely holds thin stock while at the router table.

Greene & Greene (G&G) breadboard ends are never flush with the edge or top of a table top.  This proud look is then capped with a polished Ebony spline embedded in a mortise between the breadboard end and the table top infield. The spline profile is lifted (often called a cloud lift) to accentuate the proud look of the breadboard end relative to the infield.  Furthermore, the spline is pillowed to soften the edges of the spline.  This look can easily be achieved by using a clamping jig with a profile that a top bearing bit can follow.  


The clamping jig is made of common hardware store parts.
You’ll need:
(1) Aluminum bar stock 15” x ⅝” x ⅛”,
(2) 3” long ¼” x 20 tpi bolts
(2) ¼” x 20 tpi female threaded knobs
(2) ¼” fender washers
(2) ½” compression springs
(1) 7-½” x 15” piece of 1” plywood (you can laminate two pieces of ½” plywood together)
(1) 7-½” x 15” piece of ½” plywood
(1) 3-⅜” x 7-½” piece of ¼” MDF
(1) 6-⅞” x 11-⅝” piece of ¼” MDF
Wood glue
½” pin nails     

The clamping jig is made of common hardware store parts.The clamping jig is made of common hardware store parts.

I first made the base for the jig.


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