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How to make a fluted pillar

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Project by Rogue posted 04-12-2010 12:59 AM 8768 views 70 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A local mexican restraunt owner asked if I could make fluted pillars. Sure I said. I he said could I, not had I ever ;-) Or the anwser would have been no. So I had to invent my own way to make them. The owner was so happy with them that he had me come back for a couple other jobs incorporating pillars. There are probably several ways to do this but this is the way I came up with and it seems to work pretty well so I thought I’d share.

Basically I shop build a mill that I could roll a hexagonal blank under a router that rides in a guide. After I rounded the blocks I pop a fluting bit in the router and attach an indexing plate on the end of the pillar and cut equally spaced flutes around the colomn.

-- Rogue





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Rogue

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#1 posted 04-12-2010 01:00 AM

I’d be happy to answer any questions.

-- Rogue

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woody57

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#2 posted 04-12-2010 01:05 AM

very well done
simple, and I like simple allot and very effective
I’m going to favorite this one

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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Bricofleur

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#3 posted 04-12-2010 01:32 AM

Well done and particularly well thought. This is a great jig and setup. To be remembered. Thanks for sharing.

Best,

Serge

http://www.atelierdubricoleur.spaces.live.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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Routerisstillmyname

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#4 posted 04-12-2010 01:58 AM

TWITA +++
How may router bits did you use ? ;-)

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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PCM

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#5 posted 04-12-2010 02:02 AM

Beautiful work.

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bigike

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#6 posted 04-12-2010 02:12 AM

very cool idea, those pillars came out nice.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#7 posted 04-12-2010 02:57 AM

Good thinking and great results.

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donjoe

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#8 posted 04-12-2010 03:24 AM

Well thought out and executed. Great job on the jig and the pillars.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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WoodyWoodWrecker

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#9 posted 04-12-2010 03:26 AM

Great idea. I like that you could also make them tapered by offsetting the ends.

-- You always have tomorrow to stop procrastinating.

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#10 posted 04-12-2010 04:33 AM

That is a great idea. Nice Job, Those look like they’re store bought. (thats a compliment). A beautiful addition to his shop.

Head phones? What cha rockin out to?
I was never allowed to wear earphones in the shop. I was always told to listen to the machine….. But I’d just crank the radio anyways…lol

You did an excellent job on those columns, I will definetly favorite.

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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toxicoval56

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#11 posted 04-12-2010 05:47 AM

Great job and great jig. How did you get the flutes even around the column? Is there also an indexing portion?

-- The view only changes for the leading dog.

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Rogue

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#12 posted 04-12-2010 06:57 AM

I made a circle and marked eight equal lines. Then I just drove a screw through that end of the jig at each line to lock it in place.

-- Rogue

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#13 posted 04-12-2010 07:03 AM

wow, these fluted pillars are great… nice work and thanks for posting the instructions…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#14 posted 04-12-2010 07:05 AM

Very Cleaver and thinking outside the box!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 04-12-2010 11:35 AM

Good thinking, nice job.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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