Outlining the flutes
Use the lathe’s indexing head and a shop-made layout jig to mark the flutes on your blank. For the jig, attach the upright to the base piece at a 90″ angel. Bore a hole through the upright to hold a pencil tip level with the middle of the blank when the base is set on the lathe bed. Insert the indexing pin into the indexing head to secure the headstock and blank. Slide the layout jig along the lathe bed, marking the flute on the leg. To space the flutes equally, you must rotate the indexing head by the same amount each time you mark out a f lute. Divide the number of holes in the head in this case, 60-by the number of flutes you want. If you wanted six flutes, for example, you would rotate the head by 10 holes. Remove the pin from the head, rotate the head the required number of holes, and mark the second flute. Repeat until all the flutes are marked. To outline the flutes for carving, mark two equally spaced lines on each side of the flute centerline mark, forming a narrow rectangle.
Carving the flutes
With the leg still mounted in the lathe, use a carving gouge to fashion the flutes. For each flute, secure the leg with the indexing pin and cut a shallow channel along the centerline with the gouge. Make a series of deeper cuts with the gouge, maintaining an even depth along the flute. To finish, make a plunge cut with the carving gouge at each end of the flute with the bevel facing the middle of the flute. Then clean up the corners of the cuts with the gouge.
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