A Jig for Cutting Curved and Tapered Reeds
A router, a lathe and a simple pattern allow for variable depth
Synopsis: John M. Van Buren, a retired neurosurgeon, developed a way to cut reeds on a turned and tapered leg so that the variable depth of the reed can be adjusted with precision. He uses a lathe and two simple shopmade jigs: a horizontal router sled and a pattern made of ¼-in. plywood. He explains and shows how to make and use them in this succinct article. The pattern guides the sled in his setup. One of his tips is to cut “backwards,” moving the sled right to left, so that the bit rotation does not lift the bit and the sled off the table.
I’ve never been satisfied with any of the methods I’ve seen for cutting reeds on a turned and tapered leg. The problem is that the variable depth of the reed cannot be adjusted with precision. Obviously, for the reed to stay properly proportioned in the…