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can a router be used as a cutting tool on a slow turning lathe?
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A short answer would be yes. There are a couple of machines designed to work as a lathe that has been modified with some cables and pulleys. These machines get super results. I do not have any photos of the machines but I am sure one of our members will post some.

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Max, the only use that I'm aware of where a router is used as a lathe cutting tool is to make spirals,flutes and barley twists, in which case an ordinary lathe is not used, but what is commonly called a router lathe where the router sits on a platform which is connected by a cable to the headstock, which has 36 index points and the router is moved along which rotates the headstock. The ratio of router movement to headstock rotation is altered by a stepped headstock pulley. For flutes, the cable is disconnected and the router traversed at the selected depth of cut, this is where the indexing comes in to decide how many flutes to cut. The distance between head and tail-stock is commonly a little over three feet.

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I think ShopNotes just had a writeup on making mallets... for a round one, they made a small box with an open top, turned it upside down over a routertable router bit, and with a workpiece anchored like a BBQ Chicken, was rotated over the bit... Got it round! They even mounted the Bird with one end lower than than the other high end (slanted)... and they turned a slanted round mallet...

So, your answer is Yes... but, you don't have the tool pattern flexiblity that you have with a lathe!

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Hi Max

Yes,,, On the forum you will see a plans to make a jig that you can use on Lathe but the norm would be the lathe would not be spining a item...

I guess you could turn on the lathe and the router but it maybe just a bit hairy, if the router bit jams in to the stock that the lathe is holding between two points....

Most of the time the jig would be used to put in flutes,slots,etc.

I guess you could turn the stock by hand (in the lathe) and it would be a bit safer.. and use a plunge type router bit like the ones below.

http://www.sommerfeldtools.com/list.asp?d=20&p=1

Note,,, the bearning on the top and the bottom of the bit,this is needed to keep the bit true to the stock in the lathe

http://www.sommerfeldtools.com/list.asp?d=22&p=1
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http://www.grizzly.com/products/c1272

You can use the search tool on the forum to find the plans, if you don't find them just ask and I will dig them up for you..

The jig is wooden frame that sides along on the bed of the lathe and holds the SMALL router motor in a wooden clamp jig. if I recall that right...
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I use a "rounding jig" when I make flutes.... no, not like a fluted cylinder... I mean like flutes that you play. Musical instruments. Simple box jig with centers for the flute blank. Router on top. Turn by hand. Round flute. Done.

Older pictures... router table is replaced, but the rounding jig is still in use today.
http://www.yardbird.net/album/Flute_shop/index.html

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I use a "rounding jig" when I make flutes.... no, not like a fluted cylinder... I mean like flutes that you play. Musical instruments. Simple box jig with centers for the flute blank. Router on top. Turn by hand. Round flute. Done.

Older pictures... router table is replaced, but the rounding jig is still in use today.
http://www.yardbird.net/album/Flute_shop/index.html

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This is funny...
I went to your website expecting to see more jigs on cutting flutes... long grooves in boards or "INto flutes" with narrowed ends... for decoration cuts...

And I find it about making the musical instrument itself.. "Flute"!

The first time I ever saw the makings of a musical flute!!

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What is the advantage of you're system compared to using a lathe?

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MY system? Advantage? The only real advantage for ME is that I get nice round flutes. See.... I don't HAVE a lathe. And my current shop setup doesn't have room to put one. Heck, I have to pull my van out of the garage and move my table saw to run a 4x8 sheet through it. I don't have a lot of power tools. Would be nice, but I'm a weekend wood butcher, y'know? Not a terrible thing I suppose. Gets those creative juices flowing.... "How the he** am I gonna do this without a <insert missing piece of expensive equipment here>?". The McGyver in you comes out and you solve it. Sometimes with great results. Sometimes with another piece of firewood on the stack.

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