Accessories You Can Use

Tool Accessories:

  • Index wheel pin holder. When using an index wheel, this tool locks the wheel in place. Fits lathes from 12 inch to 25 inch capacities. Included with Flute Master.
  • Stop Blocks. Stop blocks control the beginning and ending of each flute. Stop blocks, index wheel and index wheel pin holder are included with the Flute Master.
  • Micro Depth Control sets depth in 2/1000 intervals by rotating the nose piece.  The micro depth guide is included with the Flute Master II.

Useful Router Bits:

  • Core box round nose bits, 1/2 inch or other size diameter, with a 1/4 inch shank
  • Pointed round-over bits for reeding
  • Barley twist router bits 
  • Other 1/4 inch shank router bits of your choosing
  • A select set of six most-used router bits is available from Flute Master.

 

Thread Champ

The Thread Champ thread cutting tool is the latest Flute Master tool. An innovative design by engineer John Miller provides major improvements over other similar tools on the market.

Tip: Keep your router bit sharp. Dull bits make poor flutes.

Tip: Apply paste wax to the bottom of the Flute Master base. It will slide more easily on lathe bed.

Tip: Apply kerosene before cutting threads to lubricate and assure fine threads.

This heavy duty Flute Master base and mast are 3/8 inch thick machined plate steel with powder coated finish. Other parts are ABS plastics. The tool weighs 9 pounds and 4 ounces.

Operating Instructions:

Fluting:

Wear safety glasses or a face mask for eye protection. Do not wear clothing that can snag. Check that all bolts are secure. Turn off the lathe or disconnect.
See also: 
http://www.woodturner.org/?page=safety

  1. Adjust the depth of cut roller to control the depth of flute wanted.
  2. With the cutter in place, adjust the height of the cutter to the same height as the center of the lathe headstock/tailstock.
  3. Fasten stop blocks to the lathe bed to control the beginning and end of each horizontal flute.
  4. Use the index head of the lathe or an index wheel to pencil a horizontal mark for each flute to be cut.
  5. Make a dry run with the tool to check the beginning and end of a flute.
  6. Turn on the cutter, and with the tool held against the beginning block, push the cutter into the turning at the beginning of a flute. Hold the cutter against the turning and move the tool from right to left until it stops at the left (ending) block. After each cut is made rotate the tool so the cutter is at right angles to the next flute. Cut tapering flutes by changing the angle of the tool to the turned piece. Hold the cutter firmly.
  7. Use the index to rotate the turning to the position of the next flute.
Cutting with lathe turning:
  1. To cut inlays and router profiles with the lathe turning, set blocks on each side of the Flute Masterâ„¢ tool to hold it in place.
  2. Turn the depth control roller 90 degrees so it rolls vertically on an uncut surface. Adjust it for the diameter of the router bit.
  3. Run the lathe at a slow speed while cutting.

Pin Holder