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Figure 22-46. Fluting adds an attractive accent to legs or posts.

Fluting is a series of decorative cuts that are made with a core box or veining bit to enhance flat-sided or cylindrical posts and legs (Figure 22-46).

Flat Sided-Fluting of flat-sided (square, hexagonal, octagonal, etc.) legs and posts is a fairly simple matter.

Begin by setting up the fence and the fence extensions (Figure 22-21) to control the location of the flute. Then, firmly attach the stops to the extension fences to limit the length of the flutes (Figure 22-47).

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Figure 22-47. Fluting of workpieces with flat surfaces is accomplished by guiding the workpiece against the fence. Use stops to limit the length of the flutes.

Install your bit and set the depth stop rod to the depth-of-cut you desire.

Position your workpiece at one end of its intended travel and turn on your router motor. Slowly lower the bit into the stock and slide the workpiece against the fence extensions until the stop stops it. Raise the bit and turn off the router motor. Do not dwell or pause at either end of the cut or you will burn your workpiece.


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Figure 22-48. When fluting tapered workpieces, cut a wedge to make the top side of your workpiece parallel with the table surface during operations. Click on image to see larger view.

Flat-Sided with Taper-Fluting flat-sided legs or posts with a taper is slightly more involved. Begin by cutting a tapered “wedge” to make the top (or working) side of the leg or post parallel to the table surface during operations (Figure 22-48). Temporarily affix the wedge to the flat on the opposite (or bottom) side of the stock that you plan to flute with masking tape or double-sided tape. Place the stops in position and proceed as you would for fluting flat-sided projects.

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Figure 22-49. Construction details of a special indexing fixture that is used for fluting cylindrical legs or posts. Click on image to see larger view.

Cylindrical-If you are planning to flute cylindrical legs or posts, you will need to build a special indexing fixture to hold the work-piece during the cuts (Figure 22-49).

Begin by inserting the workpiece between the two centers of the fixture. The top of the workpiece must be parallel to the table surface. Attach stops to the routing system fence and/or the bottom or sides of the indexing fixture to limit the length of your cuts as described under fluting flat-sided workpieces.

Next, decide how many flutes you want around the circumference of your workpiece. The indexing head is set up to cut up to 24 flutes, 150 apart. If you want eight flutes, simply index the head three holes for each flute, insert the nail, and make your cut. If you want six flutes, index the head four holes for each cut, etc.

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Figure 22-50. Flute cylindrical legs and posts by guiding the fixture through the cuts with the workpiece mounted firmly between the two centers.

Make your passes just as described earlier for fluting flat-sided legs or posts, guiding the fixture with the workpiece in position through each cut (Figure 22-50).

Cylindrical with Taper-If your cylindrical legs or posts ar tapered, use a “wedge” between the bottom of the fixture and the table surface, just as you would for fluting flat-sided workpieces with a taper.

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