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How to make
USE THE JIG TO DETERMINE POSITION OF STOP BLOCK CLAMFED ON TOP OF WORKPIECE
L-SHAPED 5TOP BLOCK ALLOWS FLUTES TO EXTEND CLOSER TO THE END OF THE WORKPIECE
NOTE: ROUTER AND SPACERS NOT SHOWN FOR CLARITY
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LAYOUT LINE MARKS END, OF FLUTE 1
workpiece where 1 want the fluting to start and stop. Then, I'll use the fluting jig to help determine what kind of stop block I need.
Figures 3 and 4 above, and the main photo on page 36, show some options. For example, you can clamp a stop block on top of the workpiece. Or you can fabricate an L-shaped block to
"extend" the workpiece so the flutes stop closer to the end.
It's not uncommon to get burning at the end of the flutes. Shop Shortcuts on page 14 shows a trick to clean up any burn marks.
You can be even more creative with fluting. The box below shows you how you can make tapered flutes for a different look. &
see in Figure 2. Now you can rout the second flute (Figure 2a). Then it's just a matter of repeating the process for each of the remaining flutes, as shown in Figure 2b.
Stopped fluting can be a nice detail. This is where the fluting doesn't go all the way to the end of the workpiece (upper right photos). The key to doing this accurately is using a stop block.
Stop Blocks. The first thing I like to do is mark a line on the
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You can get even more creative with fluting by building the ramp shown on the right. It lets you create tapered — or "feathered" — ends on the flutes like you see in the photo above. You can build the ramp using scrap lumber and a few pieces of hardware.
The idea is that the two sides of the ramp hug the workpiece and raise the fluting jig and bit to create a tapered cut. If you want the tapered fluting at both ends of the
workpiece, you'll need to make two ramps — one for each end.
To position the ramp, I first draw a line on the workpiece where I want the flutes to end. With the router off, move the ramp and fluting jig until the bit just touches the line, then clamp the ramp securely in place before routing.
Now you can align the jig for your first flute and start routing. Then you can cut the remaining flutes for a decorative touch.
SLOPE OF RAMP DETERMINES LENGTH OF TAPER ON ,
E N D OF FLUTES ^SSn/
THREADED ROD AND WING NUTS CLAMP RAMP TO WORKPIECE