|Forum topic by dannyfixit||posted 08-07-2011 07:27 PM||1803 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
08-07-2011 07:27 PM
Making a fence post (actually 18 of them). Each is nominally a 6×6 by over 5ft. Big and heavy. Have worked out fixtures/jigs for forming all shapes in them except the top piece. Look at the included pict for shape and dims. It gets a knob on the top afterwards so it simplified the shape.
Ok, tell me to put it on a big bandsaw to cut the shape. Obvious first choice, however having worked with large pieces on large bandsaws before there come lots of issues. First is getting large enough throat to deal with some of this piece. But the one that kills it for me is moving the piece easily enough to make it smooth and time efficient. In my younger days, I have cut curved braces for timber frames. They were a lot smaller and lighter.
So, question is how would you cut this/these? Recall, this is done 4 times on 18 pieces.
Here are several of my ideas. All are based upon the tooling moving and the piece remaining fixed.
- jig to move a router with mortising bit back and forth such that the jig guides the shape.
Know there has to be a reasonable obvious idea out there, but I am at a loss. Thinking now the custom scroll saw may be the best and have applications later on.
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