• Advertise with us

« back to Wood & Lumber forum

Forum topic by markv posted 644 days ago 744 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View markv's profile


5 posts in 646 days

644 days ago

Hi, I am a newbie and realize I should have paid attention in algebra. Here is what I am trying to figure out. I am making a case with a 2.5”W stile. I am trying to route 3 evenly spaced flutes with a 3/8 cove bit but none of my formulas seem to work out. I am sure one of you guys can help.

10 replies so far

View Newage Neanderthal's profile

Newage Neanderthal

190 posts in 1051 days

#1 posted 644 days ago

11/8 divided by 4=11/32
so 11/32 in between each outer edge of the cove

that how far to center lines

This is why dividers were invited, space it off and call it done

-- . @NANeanderthal on twitter

View markv's profile


5 posts in 646 days

#2 posted 644 days ago

Thanks for the quick reply, that is exactly what I needed.

View jmos's profile


678 posts in 870 days

#3 posted 644 days ago

A quick way to do this without the math is to take a rule and lay it on the stile so that 0 is on one edge and 4” is on the other. It will have to be slanted to do this. Now, each 1” mark is equally spaced across the board; make ticks at 1”, 2”, and 3”, and you have three equally spaced center lines.

Quick and accurate.

-- John

View dusty2's profile


304 posts in 1929 days

#4 posted 644 days ago

jmos: A neat trick so frequently ignored.

-- Making Sawdust Safely

View EPJartisan's profile


933 posts in 1625 days

#5 posted 644 days ago

One used frequently by anyone making dovetails by hand though.. LOL. great reminder tip, jmos. I have often realized math is handy, but there is always a more hand-on method available.

-- the sacrifice of one's ego is the greatest gift to someone you respect

View PurpLev's profile


8473 posts in 2149 days

#6 posted 644 days ago

also a good reminder why gauges are so much easier to use than rulers and measurements in woodworking.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

View chrisstef's profile (online now)


9359 posts in 1507 days

#7 posted 644 days ago

There’s an App fpr that …. ive got it on my iphone as “Tapeulator”. Comes in pretty handy i tell ya, but the ruler trick is much easier for laying things out considering you dont have to measure in 32nds.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

View waho6o9's profile


4448 posts in 1077 days

#8 posted 644 days ago

Thanks for the math and the ruler trick. I appreciate the different ways of
accomplishing the same thing, and it’s good to know.

View richgreer's profile


4520 posts in 1575 days

#9 posted 644 days ago

Despite having an advanced math degree, when I needed to cut three evenly spaced flutes I didn’t use any math at all.

I cut the center one first. After a little experimentation I was able to find dead center and that is where I cut the first flute.

I then strived to put the second flute half way between the center and the edge. Cut the second flute, turn the board around and cut the third flute. Even if you miss the spot that is dead center between the middle and the edge, you will still get 3 evenly spaced flutes.

Don’t hurt your brain trying to figure the math out.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

View dust4tears's profile


397 posts in 649 days

#10 posted 644 days ago

Great question~
I learned something new today…..I can go back to bed. Day accomplished~

-- Ride hard or go home~

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase