With two simple jigs, you can make large, wood cylinders without a lathe
Synopsis: Cabinetmaker Bill Ewing figured out how to make a round cylinder with a router rather than a lathe and share his techniques in this article. His columns are made up of eight pieces with beveled edge, and he offers direction on how to alter the angles of the bevel to adjust the final diameter. Ewing explains how to make the router jig, how to use a holding fixture to ensure precise alignment during glue-up, and the best methods for rounding the column with a router. Side information addresses making tapered columns.
A customer recently asked me to build a round column to support a peninsula countertop that he was adding to his kitchen. The 10-in.-dia., 30-in.-high column would be capped on each end. I knew there would be some difficulty building a round column out of wood, but as I do so often, I took the job with only…