Lathe flute routeing fixture

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Project by jlb posted 09-18-2013 02:08 AM 2711 views 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this fixture to produce flutes on the lathe. The fixture is two u shaped open ended boxes one outside the other. Slots on the outside “box” allows said box to move up and down which determines router bit depth. On the top of the fixture 2 pieces of wood provide guides to center the router fore and aft. Placing stops at the beginning and end of the cut. All these pieces are fastened to the top of the fixture with double back tape. To operate the fixture set the depth of the router bit by moving the outside box up or down as necessary and lock in place. Next determine the beginning of the cut and place a stop behind the router base. At the end of cut place another stop. now start the router at the beginning of the cut and lower the router to set depth and move router to end of cut. Switch off router. Remove router from fixture. Using the lathe indexing head rotate the head the correct number of holes as required for the desired number of flutes. Repeat until all flutes are cut. By using different bits many possible combinations are available. Included are two examples, a bud vase and a bottle stopper. If I can help with any questions please let me know.

-- Jim, Ca,

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#1 posted 09-18-2013 02:42 AM

neat! Your lathe has an indexing head?

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#2 posted 09-18-2013 02:45 AM

All 5 lathes I use have index heads.

-- Jim, Ca,

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#3 posted 09-18-2013 03:46 AM

Jim, this is a very thought out jig. Well done. I haven’t gotten into any indexing work yet, but this may be a great idea to try when I do. Thanks for sharing. I have the DVR XP also so at least that’s a good start.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 09-18-2013 05:49 AM

Great job and very well thought out design. Thanks for sharing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 09-18-2013 08:26 AM

Interesting , thx for sharing…...

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

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#6 posted 09-18-2013 02:30 PM

Nice jig. Going to favorite for future use

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#7 posted 09-18-2013 05:43 PM

Very impressive. You’ve done well.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#8 posted 09-18-2013 10:16 PM

Good looking set up ,well built I may say .

-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 02-03-2014 04:35 PM

The setup I have to do the same thing on my lathe is not as nice looking as yours. This inspires me to rebuild and add a couple features you have on your jig.
Thanks for sharing this great jig with us.

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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