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    Suggestions needed.

    I need to replace some 4" x 4" posts on a porch. The posts I am replacing have a detail that I don't know how to produce. On each edge where the sides meet there is a stopped flute running from 2 inches from the bottom of the post to two inches from the top. It is centered right on the edge. Any ideas on how I can reproduce the flute?

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    If I'm understanding your description correctly, it sounds like a router with a cove bit will do the job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Reid View Post
    I need to replace some 4" x 4" posts on a porch. The posts I am replacing have a detail that I don't know how to produce. On each edge where the sides meet there is a stopped flute running from 2 inches from the bottom of the post to two inches from the top. It is centered right on the edge. Any ideas on how I can reproduce the flute?
    Is this what is called (I think) a lambs tongue? I believe it's done with a cove bit in a router.
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    Would you do this freehand or would you try to use a router table? Thanks for the replies?

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    Kevin, do you have a picture of this?

    Maybe a jig on the 4x4 and use the router freehand in the jig.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Reid View Post
    Would you do this freehand or would you try to use a router table? Thanks for the replies?
    Cove bit with a ball bearing guide - clamp a stop at each end.
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    I think I have two winning ideas from Stuart and Rennie. I will try both of those ideas over the next couple of days and let you know how they turned out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Reid View Post
    I think I have two winning ideas from Stuart and Rennie. I will try both of those ideas over the next couple of days and let you know how they turned out.
    ooooo goody! What do I win?

    Post pictures - let's see how it turns out.
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    Hey Rennie, You wun the right to be a contendar in the FWW all male calendar! What month do ya want?

    I have heard of a lambs tongue but quite awhile back I knew what it was, but not this. It is I think more of an elongated ogee. May have a step in it too? Anyhow, what month?

    Make sure and line off some stop blocks for those 4x4s, stops to stop your router at the exact place you want!.
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    Sounds like Bill too was on target with Stu and Rennie the "Renninator".
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