I am making a chest on chest that somewhat follows the version Norm
made on the NYW. My "customized plans" call for corner posts with
fluted columns, where the flutes are cut on the corner of the post, on
a 45 degree angle.
Norm, of course, had the perfect tool for this; something called an
overhead router (looks like a router mounted like a radial arm saw).
I don't have the luxury of such a tool, so I'm trying to come up with
a reasonable jig that will hold the piece well enough to either do
these on my router table, or allow me to hold the router and cut
them. The ultimate goal being not to ruin 4 pieces of 2" x 2" cherry,
that already have the lambs tongue details cut in them.
The only thing I've been able to dream up are cutting a few 2 by 4s
pieces at a 45 degree angle, and then building those up enough to be
able to provide a nice flat surface to slide the router across. I
haven't come up with any reasonable ideas for the router table yet; at
least none that would allow me to drop the piece straight down in the
45 degree slot onto the bit (my sample pieces slid on it a little
I checked a few woodworking books for some hints, but haven't found
anything yet. I'm assuming someone has figured this out, because
fluted corner posts seem pretty popular on many cases.