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07-13-2012 08:49 AM

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.

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#1 posted 07-13-2012 09:54 AM

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

that how far to center lines

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#2 posted 07-13-2012 10:11 AM

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

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#3 posted 07-13-2012 10:48 AM

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

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#4 posted 07-13-2012 11:45 AM

jmos: A neat trick so frequently ignored.

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#5 posted 07-13-2012 03:11 PM

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.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#6 posted 07-13-2012 03:15 PM

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

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#7 posted 07-13-2012 03:16 PM

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.

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#8 posted 07-13-2012 03:22 PM

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

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#9 posted 07-13-2012 03:23 PM

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.

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#10 posted 07-13-2012 06:10 PM

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

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