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UKTony

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I am in the process of making a telephone table for my mother, she wants the legs to look like the columns on her banisters which are round with flutes spaced equally apart. I have completed the legs and the top with the integral draw unit however i now need to get the flutes on the legs. I read somewhere in a Keith Rowley book that you can make a box to sit on the lathe and traverse the router across the top. Has anyone attempted this, i assume this is similar to the jig Trend sell???

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Norm has done something on that line.He built a box to fit over the piece with a slot cut into the box for a guide bush.You would need some way of indexing the workpiece and locking it to keep the router lines straight.Axminster sell an indexing ring for their chuck so I suppose other chuck manufacturers will do the same
 

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Tony,

What Jaymar said!

The Trend router lathe also has the facility to rotate the workpiece while traversing the router, so can cut spiral flutes and barley twists as well.

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Thanks for the advice, i think im getting there, i've built an MDF box which the router traverses along, the draper lathe sits on flat steel so no bars to worry about - ive had to do the indexing by marking the timber by eye on my scrap piece, when i try the final legs i was thinking of making a measuring jig so all four are the same, the hard part is getting the wood to stay in place when the router is on especially since my lathe doesn't have a spindle lock (assuming these exist) what ive done is drill a hole either side of the box and threaded two pieces of thick dowl through and clamped these together

Practice piece seems to have worked lets i hope i dont ruin 4 lengths of oak :)
 
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