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Forum topic by chrisstef posted 06-18-2011 08:25 PM 2257 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-18-2011 08:25 PM

At the antique sale this morning the wife and i purchased an old well pump. She would liike me to build a small circular base for it, lets say 2’ in diameter (actual measurments not known). Now im sure that if i do my math right i can calculate the angle of each cut to make it kinda circular, but, i was curious if anyone had tried using a flute and bead bit. Would it be easier to rout the edges with the F&B bit or cut angles on the table saw? My guess is that the router bits will produce a more flexible and circular piece? Do i Glue it, Nail it or band it?


I have a much more accurate router setup than i do an accurate tablesaw.
This will be non-functional and outside covering our well head.
Materials are undertermined but likely cedar.

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#1 posted 06-18-2011 11:38 PM

Uh, I don’t get it, what do you exactly want to make? maybe a drawing would be helpful ^^’

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#2 posted 06-19-2011 12:00 AM

Id like it to be 1”x 4” vertical slats arranged in a circle about 2’ in diameter … basically an upside down bucket that an antique hand powered water pump would sit upon.

Somethin like this but i would use it upside down and mount the pump atop.

The flute and bead bit is typically used for making strip canoes so im not real sure if it would work.

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#3 posted 06-19-2011 02:48 AM

I’ve used bead and cove like those in boat building and they work very well.
Just be aware that there is a limit to the angle you can take them to. You may end up with a lot of quite thin staves.
Have you considered bird’s mouth joint. Very easy to make on a table saw, self aligning and easy to clamp..

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#4 posted 06-19-2011 03:23 AM

Thanks for the info Paul ill definately look into the birds mouth. I dont have a final design yet so everything is worth research at this point.

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