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Blog entry by Alan Young posted 05-05-2008 04:04 PM 7201 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am making a writing desk that will have turned legs.

I want the legs to have “flutes”. I made a jig from some roller bearings and 80-20 aluminum extrusions.

I turned one of the four legs this past weekend then ran the leg through the fluting jig.

The jig construction and operation can be seen at this link:

http://picasaweb.google.com/woodwardwoodworks/FlutingJig

Alan



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#1 posted 05-05-2008 04:19 PM

That’s one hell of a jig Alan :) Leg came out great.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#2 posted 05-05-2008 04:40 PM

you sir are one smart guy….that’s a great jig and solve to the problem.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#3 posted 05-05-2008 04:59 PM

Alan,

That is one nice jig. You certainly are innovative.

Your legs look pretty good as well. Very well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 05-05-2008 05:32 PM

That’s the way to make a jig – out of metal. I like wooden furniture, but tools need to be made of metal!
Nice blog on the construction and use. Thanks for the post.

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#5 posted 05-05-2008 07:06 PM

Very cool, tapered as well.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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#6 posted 05-05-2008 07:09 PM

Pretty cool. I have never used 80-20 before just Bosch.

Great job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 05-05-2008 08:03 PM

You know, with some turned metal parts, you could probably produce something similar to a legacy ornamental mill out of that!

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#8 posted 05-06-2008 12:42 AM

Alan:
Very neat jig. I love building things but this time I succumbed to a pre made jig.
I was doing some spirals ( barley twists) at the time and a have not had a chance yet to do any fluting with it.
I offer it up to you guys who may not be able to get your hands on the necessary parts to build what Alan has done so well.

I believe the thing wss in the $100.00 range.

Good thing you reminded me !

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#9 posted 05-06-2008 01:49 AM

So Bob, where’d you get that jig? I did a quick search and can’t seem to find it.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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#10 posted 05-06-2008 04:09 AM

Very impressive jig Alan.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 05-06-2008 01:03 PM

Hi Russel the one I have cmae from this company.
It’s a kind of poor mans Legasy lathe.

Bob
http://www.houseoftools.com/product.htm?pid=169889

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#12 posted 05-06-2008 02:48 PM

Thanks Bob … I guess you can ignore the PM I just sent.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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#13 posted 07-15-2008 09:00 AM

I’m impressed by all this fancy stuff, this is one part of wood working I would love to learn turning. I’m sure someday I’ll be set up some where that I’ll have enough room for a lathe?

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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