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    Making bullet point flutes

    not much of a jig, but I really like how it works. I just built a bookcase with flute side panels. This is the second one of these I've built (the first one was probably 20 years ago) and when I tried to cut stopped flutes no matter how hard I tried I couldn't avoid burning at the stop. So this not only gives the flute bullet points but also eliminates the burning. Anyway, it's little more than a ramp at the end of the cut for the router to slide up as you complete the flute. Some pics: How the bullet point looks:
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    Here's the ramp set up. little more than a block of wood cut to form the ramp....you do have to have it smooth enough for the router to slide up with no catches.
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    Lastly, the bookcase showing how the side assemblies look:
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    Looks great in every way, Fred!!!

    Good tip, also.
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    Very nice Fred, I'll have to remember your Jig.
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    Thanks, Fred. I'm gonna steal that idea

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    Thanks Fred. Always wondered how they were done. Nice unit u made. Thanks for posting.

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    cheers

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    Fred, that is marvelous. I would have thought the ramp would be less of an angle but then your bullets would be longer and more drawn out and not as eye appealing. Beautiful work on the bookcase. The background of the shop in the pictures, looks like a very nice, well equipped shop with a craftsman at the helm!
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    Fred, often simple is best, that jig may not have much too it, but the result look great!

    That is one very nice bookcase!

    Cheers!
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    Great jig and a great looking bookcase. I think bookcases get underrated and that's a beauty!
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    Great solution to the burning, and I really like the end result. Very nice work, Fred.
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    Oh nice! Sometimes building the jigs and seeing them work is as much fun as the projects themselves.
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