Lathe Fluting Jig

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Project by TheDane posted 08-10-2017 01:01 AM 4819 views 19 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This jig is based on one John Lucas demonstrated for the Gwinnett Woodworkers Association in February, 2015 (see: ).

This fluting jig is a table that mounts in the banjo on the lathe. The cutter slides along the table against an aluminum fence. The table has a T-track with a set of adjustable stop blocks to limit the travel of the cutter.

This jig can use either a Dremel tool or a laminate trimmer. The laminate trimmer can either run straight toward the workpiece, or by adding a fixture to the piece can address the workpiece at a 45-degree angle. The 45-degree comes in handy for routing V-grooves … v-bits actually cut a groove with a flat bottom, but substituting a straight bit with the 45-degree fixture results in a clean 90-degree cut.

The Dremel fixture can also be used to follow a curved turning or profile. It has two round-head machine screws on the business end of the fixture that can be used to set cutting depth. Just turn the table around to the side with no fence, set the screws, tighten the nuts, and route away.

Both fixtures have strips of HDPE attached to the base to allow them to slide smoothly on the table.

The post is actually a 3/4” pipe nipple mounted in a 3/4” pipe floor flange. The nipple’s OD is actually 1.065” so it had to be turned down to fit in the 1” tool post hole on the banjo. I use a 1” stop collar to set the correct table height.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 08-10-2017 01:12 AM

Looks like a very flexible jig++

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#2 posted 08-10-2017 01:43 AM

Got to bookmark this one as a future project. Have to complete a lathe rebuild first, but this looks interesting.
Thanks for posting.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 08-10-2017 01:51 AM

Excellent addition for your lathe Gerry, good job!

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#4 posted 08-10-2017 06:04 AM

Made for a lot of possibilities. Well done.


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#5 posted 08-10-2017 09:07 AM

Thats very clever Gerry

I dont have a lathe but I am sure I could rig up some timber and a lazy susan bearing to do the same.

I will let you know how I go!!

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 08-10-2017 09:10 AM

Thank you for this post.
Great idea and something I have been thinking abut for a while. Just couldn’t get the idea straight in my mind, but this is such a simple approach to the problem.
Great Job.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#7 posted 08-10-2017 07:59 PM

Great post Gerry, there will be a lot of interest in this one I bet, nice design

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 08-11-2017 01:19 AM

Got to love them jigs!!!
Nice work!!!

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#9 posted 08-12-2017 12:52 AM

Gerry , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 08-22-2017 11:51 PM

Lovely jigs.
So much to learn on the lathe I see.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 08-30-2017 12:57 AM

Wow, almost missed this one completely. Great job Jerry. A perfect addition to the lathe. This is on the now list.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 12-03-2018 02:50 PM

I love seeing jigs to do complicated decorative jobs. more ideas, thanks.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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