Fluted Column

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Project by tswoodwizard posted 03-20-2011 12:00 AM 5412 views 15 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a “Greek Style” column, 11” dia. x 8 ft. with a 9” center shaft. Made of 8 poplar staves per each of 3 seperate sections. 45 degree “birds-mouth” cut on one side of each stave and 90 degree flat edge on the other side. This allows the shaft to self-align as its being pulled together in the glue-up process. The glued-up shaft is shown in pic.#5. My “Legacy Ornamental Mill can do a lot of things, but it was not capable of cutting an “inside diameter in the end of the 2 end sections of the column to allow them to receive the smaller dia. of the center shaft, so I made my own attachment for that process as seen in pics #2 and #5. Pic. #3 shows the I/S dia. of the top section sized to receive the compatable O/S dia. of the top end of the middle section. The bottom section is being attached in pic#1 in the same manner. Pic.#2 shows the router mounted horrizontal on my attachment and doing the actual I/D cut in the top end of the bottom section of the shaft. The rollers in pic.#5 allow the shaft to roll evenly against the router fixture.

Pic.#6 shows the finished column and pic.#4 is a close-up of the large flutes and turned bead detail.

I use several strap clamps, (load binder straps) when glueing round, hex, or octagonal shafts.

-- Tim B. Sweely Elizabeth, Illinois, [email protected] -------- My potential is limited only by my emagination.

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#1 posted 03-20-2011 12:09 AM

WOW! AWESOME job! The setup alone is significant. Good work – quite a collection / display. Thanks for sharing. Play / be safe.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 03-20-2011 12:22 AM

as above
i am with you
just think and make your own tools
innovation wins and make life better



-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 03-20-2011 12:28 AM

Very Impressive

-- Measure once, then twice and cut only after you made sure your good. John Paul

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#4 posted 03-20-2011 12:36 AM

Wow I don’t know whats cooler the projects or jig set up! Your making some great looking column’s.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 03-20-2011 12:51 AM

I am bowing and chanting “I am not worthy”. Very impressive.

-- Carpe Diem

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#6 posted 03-20-2011 01:49 AM

Very very cool. Great job and work around.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#7 posted 03-20-2011 01:49 AM

Very cool! It would be great to see the installed column, if permissible. Very innovative jig.

-- Doug

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#8 posted 03-20-2011 02:01 AM

I’d love to be a fly on the wall in your shop while you build these. Awesome work.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#9 posted 03-20-2011 02:20 AM

Really neat I’ve never seen a legacy mill I don’t think we have them in the UK it’s quite a cool tool & you’ve been very inventive with adapting it
Nice work

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#10 posted 03-20-2011 02:28 AM

Cool project Tim. That’s a pretty slick setup you made there. What I’d like to see now are those newel post in the background of your pictures. Will you make that your next post?

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#11 posted 03-20-2011 03:36 AM

Wow, between you & Stephen we have a couple of guys who like making thoes big posts, nice result

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

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#12 posted 03-20-2011 04:00 AM

100% without a doubt stunning. You do some amazing work!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#13 posted 03-20-2011 04:59 AM

Awesome work. Nice jig to do the ID’s of the column.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 03-20-2011 05:55 AM

Hey, I’m with the guys above, very good stuff! And I like your lucid description…unlike my rambles, yours is understandable. Thanks for showing and telling.

-- Stephen Mines ([email protected])

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#15 posted 03-20-2011 06:09 AM

Some amazing work there Tim, looks like You have column production down to a science !! Impressive build.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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