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Hello, Shagnasty here and I am a "newby" at the Router Table.
I am retired, 68 years old and not afraid to learn new skills.
I have been a woodcarver for many years and have a lot of rotary equipment for removing wood. So I do have some knowledge of wood and wood products.
My wife loves to play the Native American Flute, she is quite good, where as I am, well you get the idea.
Her desire to make Flutes means that I received a new Router and Table for my birthday. Not bad.
I have read the information that came with the unit and it is all assembled and ready to go. I did try it and it works great. However I still have some questions.
So where do I get answers, the people that are experienced with routers would be a good place to start.
So, here I am.
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Welcome Shagnasty!

To accomplish your task I think you may require more than a router, you will need to drill a specific size hole down the center as well your holes for your notes should be set at the proper distance apart, for quality sound.
A question that comes to mind is how will you make the round stock for the body, my suggestion would be a lathe or find some round stock ready to go.

I have never attempted to make one, but seems like it would be a work of love.
Others on the site may have more information for you.

Have a good woodworking day

Good luck on your build and I would enjoy seeing the finished product.

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Thanks for the reply John, we (my wife and I) have been studing the flute matter for a while. She has 10 or 11 Flutes now and she plays them very well. Her desire is to build one for scratch.

There are several ways to go about building them and the least expensive way is with a Router. I guess I could use a sharp rock, that would be cheaper yet. :>))

Maybe as we go along we will try different methods but the books we have are using the Router.

I have a lot of woodworking power tools but the Lathe is not one of them. YET.

Thanks again for your answer and I hope to communicate with you again soon.

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Are you building a 2 chamber flute?

Reeds, bamboo, was originally used because of the hollow centers. Depending on the sound you require will depend on the wood you chose.

A soft wood will will give you a softer sound and the hardwood will give a much clearer and crisper sound.

I am looking forward to finding out your method of building.

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Good Morning John, Sorry about the delay, but we have been working on our learner flute.
We are making it out of Poplar, just a piece I had laying around here. I call it my learning wood.
We are routing out the two chambers (Slow Air Chamber and True Sound Chamber)to 3/4 inch Diameters and the blow hole is 3/8 inch. Each half of the flute blank will be routed to half of each of the afore mentioned measurements.
At this time we have completed all of the above and I have carved in the Slow Air Chamber Hole and True Sound Hole. The holes required most of yeaterday because there is a lot of file work to be performed. The flue was cut in using the Router and a bit we purchased at Woodcraft Store in Seattle the day before. I might be able to improve my time with my next practice flute. BUT. The faster I go the behinder I get. This part of the flute is critical and needs a lot of love and attention.
By the way, after we had finished with both halfs, we clamped the two halfs together with my new clamps, installed a feditish with a flat smooth bottom and our first note out of this test flute was an F, right on per our Digital Tuner. Not bad for an old couple.
My wife wanted to seal the Chambers prior to assembly, some flute makers do not seal the Chambers but right now our preference is to seal it all.
So that is where we are at this time. More later.

I have some Photos as soon as I get them downloaded into my computer.
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Thanks Shagnasty

The two of you do have a grip on things for sure. You just peaked an interest, one I have not thought about for along time. The flute!

Great creating to the both of you, looking forward to some photos of the flute.

BTW will the photos come with sound

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John, I'm still trying to figure out how to put the pictures up on the site. Then I will look into the sound.

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Hi Shagnasty
This should help

http://www.routerforums.com/howattachment.php

But if you want sound you will need to post it on You-Tube then post a link to it..

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Thanks Bobj3, that is what I've been looking for.

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Let see if this works, here is a photo of my practice at making the True Sound Hole.


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