Making Tapered Stopped Flutes

      Woodworkers explain how they prefer to machine tapered stopped flutes, and why. July 9, 2007

Wondering if any woodworkers have a method for creating ramped entry/exit flutes using the Festool router and guide system? I have become accustomed to the ease of setup and exact tolerances using the guide system but would like to do some tapered fluting to reduce burn and match existing millwork.

Forum Responses
(Cabinet and Millwork Installation Forum)
From contributor F:
I have pondered ramped router fluting setups in the past. I have always concluded that scraping a few burns is faster and easier. I am not familiar with Festool guide systems. My guide system is a stout shop built router table with a straight fence. A deft hammer tap moves the fence 10 thousandths of an inch, which is well within my tolerance for flute work. I hope you find what you are looking for. If not, my advice is that the best tool in the world for removing wood burns is a burr scraper. I reground a triangular scraper with a wooden handle into the correct radius for my flute. I then use a burnisher to roll a small burr onto the sharpened edge of the tool and it makes very short work of removing the burns.

From contributor J:
I don't have a Festool guide, but ramp all my routed flutes. Doesn't take very long to run two screws per end of a pilaster to screw the ramp down. If I'm making a lot of them, I block the ramps and slide the pilasters underneath. I just add extensions to my stout fence the thickness I need to move the bit for each rout. I do all the center flutes, unscrew the first extension, then do all the flutes on either side of center. Then remove another on and on... The only setup you need is finding center. And if you are off a little, just re-rip a little off the wide edge. No way you'll catch me hand making tapered flutes out of stopped flutes, even if I'm only making 2 and not 32.

From contributor A:
Most people make tapered flutes on the tablesaw with a moulding head.

From contributor K:
Like contributor A said. I use an LRH fluting cutter on my table saw. I just mark on the fence and stock the entry and exit points. They come out perfect with no burning.

I have no connection with LRH (other than financing a couple of their kids through college).

Would you like to add information to this article?
Interested in writing or submitting an article?
Have a question about this article?

Have you reviewed the related Knowledge Base areas below?
  • KnowledgeBase: Knowledge Base

  • KnowledgeBase: Architectural Millwork

  • KnowledgeBase: Architectural Millwork: Custom Millwork

    Would you like to add information to this article? ... Click Here

    If you have a question regarding a Knowledge Base article, your best chance at uncovering an answer is to search the entire Knowledge Base for related articles or to post your question at the appropriate WOODWEB Forum. Before posting your message, be sure to
    review our Forum Guidelines.

    Questions entered in the Knowledge Base Article comment form will not generate responses! A list of WOODWEB Forums can be found at WOODWEB's Site Map.

    When you post your question at the Forum, be sure to include references to the Knowledge Base article that inspired your question. The more information you provide with your question, the better your chances are of receiving responses.

    Return to beginning of article.

    Refer a Friend || Read This Important Information || Site Map || Privacy Policy || Site User Agreement

    Letters, questions or comments? E-Mail us and let us know what you think. Be sure to review our Frequently Asked Questions page.

    Contact us to discuss advertising or to report problems with this site.

    To report a problem, send an e-mail to our Webmaster

    Copyright © 1996-2018 - WOODWEB ® Inc.
    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without permission of the Editor.
    Review WOODWEB's Copyright Policy.

    The editors, writers, and staff at WOODWEB try to promote safe practices. What is safe for one woodworker under certain conditions may not be safe for others in different circumstances. Readers should undertake the use of materials and methods discussed at WOODWEB after considerate evaluation, and at their own risk.

    WOODWEB, Inc.
    335 Bedell Road
    Montrose, PA 18801

    Contact WOODWEB

  • WOODWEB - the leading resource for professional woodworkers

      Home » Knowledge Base » Knowledge Base Article