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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-19-2016, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Guys ,
Its been a while since Ive posted anything.I have a ?.
I a flutemaker.I bore a 7/8" hole in square blanks anywhere from 1 1/2" to 2" square.These are mostly around 30" long.After boring them I turn down the outside dia to around 1 1/4".I like to have a taper on these sometimes turning them down from 1 1/4" on one end to maybe 1 1/8" on the other end.The taper is not absolutely necessary.(All this is flexible). Anyhow I have read in the past where some makers will use a router on a table to more consistently make them round...sort of like making a dowel.I have never quite understand the process.I am not sure on how to set this up, what bit to use etc. Any help will be appreciated.. ( I never really understood the making of a dowel on the router table...That might would help) Thanks a bunch in advance.
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check out this thread for a really outstanding thread on building a lathe to make pool cues using a router as I'm sure that the same process, other than the center hole, could be used for making your flutes.
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Use a bull nose bit as in this video.
You can find a 1-14 bit on line.

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Hi, Mike.

I am looking for the same advices. Thank you for posting my needs.

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Oh my that is some interesting stuff..Id love to build one of those router lathes..Hmmmm not enough hrs in the day!! Thanks everybody!!
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I use a 1/4 or 1/2 round cutting bit and make a square piece the size of the finished dowel . On the router table take the square piece and start the cut 2" or so from the end and cut to 2' or so from the other end. Rotate and make another cut, and so on til it is round all way around then cut off the square ends.

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Ah well, I guess I'll always do things different. Me, I'd just make a long rectangular box, with centers on each end to hold the work, and a electric drill to spin it. I'd have the top of the box just high enough to be level with just how much I want to take the stock down, and a taper would be just as easy. And the box would be made so a power hand belt sander, or planer, would set on each side, then just slide it along. Yep, it will work, not actually done it this way, but have used a power hand planer on a lathe, to make a couple of carving mallets. That was holding it by hand, and boy, did I ever have to be careful, because it really, really, removed stock FAST, still got the mallets too. I figure this would be a whole lot less hassle than making a router lathe. But, I suppose you could use a router this way too, but probably have to have a little 'wiggle' room to shift it back and forth. In fact, some time later, I'll be making a barrel spinner somewhat similar to this, belt sander only tho.

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