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Within the course of a few days I’ve come across two seperate queries regarding turning square stock into PERFECTLY round by using a router on the standard lathe. A while ago (I won’t admit how long) I started making this jig with the intention of routing flutes on some of my projects. The steel bar on the bottom is a perfect fit between the ways and the whole assembly slides freely. The outer box gives plenty of course height adjustment whilst the plunge router plenty of fine adjustment. An opening in the rear to allow the tailstock to protrude into the box will no doubt be necessary.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 09-02-2012 03:27 AM

A very clever design…

Did you make some Flutes with it… those tings with all the holes in them?

That was a HUGE piece to make into such a small round piece… must have been scrap for testing… right? LOL

Nice job… as usual…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 09-02-2012 03:35 AM

No flutes yet Joe, it isn’t finished, the router is only sitting on the top waiting for me to find the time to mount it. Are you referring to the Acrylic indexing disc with the 36 holes, if so I have posted a pdf some time ago showing how I made it.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#3 posted 09-02-2012 03:40 AM

I wish my grey matter worked the same as even some of the craftsman I see here. Nicely done, harry1, nicely done indeed.

-- "We'll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we'll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness." R. Reagan, "The Speech", 1964

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#4 posted 09-02-2012 04:59 AM

I saw this technique in a book once a few years ago. Didn’t buy the book at the time; later changed my mind and went back to the store, but I couldn’t find it again. Well done, and could work without a lathe, too. Since the router is providing its own cutting power, the work piece could just as well be turned leisurely on a hand crank or some such.

-- Anyone who wants an excuse can find one. Don't bother telling me yours; I have enough of my own to fight off.

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#5 posted 09-02-2012 11:22 AM

This is a great step up in most of the box on a lathe jigs I have seen & used. The plexi top is a good upgrade so one can see better. i have used boxes like this to make through flutes in hollowforms. ( I posted one done like this 2-3 days ago) Good jig!

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#6 posted 09-02-2012 12:28 PM

Harry, that is a cool idea. The box moves instead of the router. What would you use for stops when making flutes? Will you mount them on the bed?
I just noticed that is a Dremel on top in a plunge base!!What model is the Dremel. I just bought a 4000 but it does not accept 1/4” cutters.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 09-02-2012 01:48 PM

I thank you all for your kind comments.
Jfouse….......I see no reason why it wouldn’t work with a hand crank device or possibly even better, modify an oldie worlde treadle sewing machine after tossing out the machine itself.

Michelletwo…...After being alerted to your latest turning by a fellow member this very morning, my initial reaction was something like “WOW”, then after studying it for a while I felt like composing a FOR SALE sign for my wood lathe and accessories. If I was only 19 instead of 79, there wouldn’t be time enough for me to reach such a standard of excellence. The imagination and skills which you have can’t just be learned, only the techniques can, the rest is inherent in your DNA. I’m sure that you have one or more galleries that can’t get enough of your pieces.

Jim, the stops would be no problem, a start and stop strip of wood placed across the bed with a supermagnet embedded at each end. My Dremel is model 300 and doesn’t take 1/4”, the one shown on the right is the largest that Dremel make whilst the one on the left which could be any size with a 1/4” shank and is turned down easily in the metal lathe.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#8 posted 09-02-2012 06:53 PM

Very intriguing! Thanks for sharing

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#9 posted 09-02-2012 09:17 PM

That is an excellent solution for me, not being able to use a skew chisel on my lathe. I’ll have to look int this.
Just kidding, but it really is nice.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 09-03-2012 12:15 AM

Great idea Harry. There’s nothing like a good jig.

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

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#11 posted 09-03-2012 08:21 AM

I’m pleasantly surprised in the interest shown in this jig and again thank you all for your comments.
Mention of a skew chisel still makes me cringe because of all the dig-ins that I experienced in my early attempts at the wood lathe. A time when a turning that was intended to be perhaps 7” diameter might have ended up only 5” after corrective surgery! I’m not quite that bad now and own a 1/2” and 1 1/4” skew but I’m still not sure what will happen when steel touches the wood.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 09-03-2012 12:55 PM

G’day, Harry.
That’s cool adapter. I have not tried that yet. I have a router base for a Dremel but it fits a 6000 model and I cannot find one! I guess I’ll use the PC router when I build a box like yours!!............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 09-03-2012 02:09 PM

Very clever and well made jig, Harry.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 09-11-2012 11:54 AM

Good idea Harry and well made too. A benefit not mentioned is that the dust from the router would seem to be encapsulated by the box and a vac hose could probably be attached too for a relatively dust free way to do this kind of work.

I have been using a fluting gig I built many years ago, but dust flies all over the shop when I use it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 02-27-2013 06:29 PM

This is another great project !

-- Dennis Reynolds

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