Rockler Router Fluting Jig
I have been acquiring jigs over the past year to finish a projects that has been on permanent hold in my shop for one reason or another and I finally got the Rockler #28636 Router Fluting Jig after struggling with routing flutes using an edge guide. It came predrilled for my Porter-Cable 690 router so I mounted the plunge base to the router and then mounted it to the jig. The instructions provided claim the jig to be easy to use and I found this to be the case. I simply marked the spaces on the erasable surface to position rail and double checked my measurements. (You know, measure twice and cut once?) The plan called for 4 flutes in a 6 inch board, so I made this a reality and routed up the boards. I first played with a few bits on a practice board and chose a core box bit, liking the way it looked, but you could use any of dozens of bits. Various sizes of core box and v-groove bits all have their appeal, but you could even use If you maintain a web site and use school cancellations . a straight bit if that’s all you have or if you like the look. The jig assembled in minutes and adjusts very quickly. There is an easy learning curve to this jig and use was a snap. It is made of a clear composite centerpiece and a melamine coated MDF board for the base.
Making Repetitive flutes can add style and appeal to furniture columns in your home the task was always a hard one to accomplish with power tools until now, but this jig makes it easy. There are 2 low-friction, underside rails that straddle your work piece, allowing the jig to slide smoothly along boards up to 8" wide. The router mounts to a pre-drilled acrylic centerpiece, which slides laterally to rout out flute after flute. Scales on the centerpiece and write/erase indexing surfaces on the base make setup simple.
According to the Rockler website these are the features:
- Pre-drilled to fit most routers on the market
- Easy to custom drill for non-standard routers
- Zero mark on scales aligns with center of bit
- Built with MDF, aluminum and phenolic for long lasting durability.
Getting started is as simple as:
The jig comes in at seventy dollars. I feel it’s a little high and should be closer to 50 dollars but the jig is very useful and can add style and flair to almost any project your building. Flutes look great in Victorian and Federal style furniture and home decor like door frames and stiles on book cases. With this easy to use jig the sky is the limit, and is one of those products that once you have it you never want to live without. I think it’s a great time saver and a real fun tool that gives you great results. I give this tool 4.8 stars out of 5 and recommend the tool as a must buy.