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09-26-2013 07:54 PM

I want to build a device for routing in or on, the lathe .To add fluting or such decoration to spindles bowls boxes etc.
This device would sit above the ready turned article and with a sliding motion add very desirable cuts/decoration virtually to anything turned which could be left alone as is or filled with filler and using different colours add a nice touch to an already turned piece.
I have already experimented with using different colours in my turnings Bowls mostly with great success.I wonder if any avid turners here have designed,or built such a thing and what the pitfalls are?
It should be multi directional for best results and will take a bit of thinking out before you reach a desired device as it may need several trials and errors before success is reached iI strogly suspect.
If anyone here has any of the 500 series of books including 500 bowls you will see some staggeringly beautiful effects some turners have achieved anyone want to throw in any of their ideas etc please do so as I await with great interest your plans and ideas much Love Alistair ps I have now lost 2 stones or 28 pounds LOL

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#1 posted 09-26-2013 08:03 PM

Look at the special bits made by Magnate for the Legacy mill. Fluting
cuts are generally made from the side using a bearing to follow the
shape of the turning or using a template follower above to make a
fluting cut of varying depth.

All you need is table surface you mount on top of the lathe parallel
to the centerline of the turning. Templates are fixed to the table
to support the router base.


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#2 posted 09-26-2013 08:07 PM

Oh I forgot to add I have which is neccessary an indexing device for the headstock via a chuck with 24 divisions with an ability to lock it at those devisions or if needed between giving a 48 section division more than enough for the job in hand according to my calculations and needs.LOL keep em coming Alistair

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#3 posted 09-26-2013 08:19 PM

Sears used to sell an accessory that mounted to a lathe and used a router to cut flutes. I’m sure they no longer have it, but you might find one on E-Bay or CL. I don’t know how good it was, but it was probably discontinued because it would be a niche item; not popular enough to generate money.

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#4 posted 09-26-2013 08:38 PM

You might be able to adapt something like this –

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#5 posted 09-26-2013 09:11 PM

I think this could do what you want to do.

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#6 posted 09-26-2013 10:14 PM

Harry has done a few things that may help you…
... you could PM Harry too in case he has stuff that he has not posted, that may help you.

Here are a couple I found for you:


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#7 posted 09-26-2013 10:46 PM

I have just the thing for you!! Check out Sop Notes (honestly I don’t remember the issue, but I’ll dig through my magazines and find it for you) They have koolio plans for a router/lathe contraption that does all of the things you are looking for. Check out this You Tube video to see it in action.

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#8 posted 09-27-2013 01:16 AM

Vintage Sears Router Crafter.
I got one a couple years ago to may spiral cut canes.
Works ok.
It’s free-standing.
You could always tie-wrap it on your lathe (then stand back, waaaay back)
Good luck.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#9 posted 09-27-2013 01:32 AM

Alistair, here are a couple videos. I built this one this early spring. The first video is using the router on the lathe for cutting. The second is how a template is used for the turnings on one of my older lathes. The third is kind of an overall view of the mid sized lathe again built this spring. It is capable of doing traditional turning or more along the lines of production turning. It also adapts for rose engine turning the full length of seven feet or can do ornamentation like the following picture.

This is about 8” dia and about 11” tall

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