|Review by MKLowman||posted 11-30-2009 02:06 AM||3084 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
I have been working on my basement bar and needed a way to hide a steel column that I bulit my bar around. I decided to try a fluted column. Problem is that the bar is being made of cherry and I never made a fluted column in my life. I researched it, but it seemed to be akin to rocket science. That is until I came across a recent issue of Woodsmith that featured DRL’s fluted column jig.
For $30 bucks I figured it was worth a shot (even better since the owner gave us Woodjocks a $5 discount—taking it down to $25).
I finally got a chance to try it yesterday. The jig required about 5 minutes (pictures in Woodsmith were far better than the website). I made a perfect three flute through-flute sample on a 1×4 on the first go. I was impressed. I tried my hand at a stopped flute next on a mock up made of pine. Spacing was dead on. Barring my momentary lapse of attention, three of my four stopped-flutes came out perfect. What can I say, operator error. Once I had the nack, I made a demo four flute and a demo five flute column mock-up to get a feel of what looked better.
After two test mock-ups, I made four perfect stopped-flute sides of my box column. I’ll have to post a pic once the cherry raised panels are installed on my bar front.
Bottom line: its was the best $25 (plus shipping) I ever spent for a woodworking gadget. While some may complain about not being able to precisely set spacing of flutes, let’s be honest, I was looking for simplicity. I found it.
-- Mike, Northern Virginia