Tips on fluting faceframes?
I'm currently building a bookcase and the customer wants decorative fluting on the vertical faceframes. I honestly haven't ever done anything with fluting.
Fortunately I tried it before I assembled the faceframes and managed to ruin two pieces! I'm using a 1/2" core box bit, my PC plunge router, and a PC edge guide to which I've secured a 12" piece of wood to act as a fence. I can't seem to keep them in a perfectly straight line...Minor mistakes, but they jump out at you!
The flutes are stopped and staggered at their ends, and because of that I'm scared to do them on the router table, but may resort to it if all else fails.
I've considered rigging the router guide's wood fence with a secondary fence that will ride the other side of the faceframe to sort of capture the faceframes. But that seems like a band aid fix to what is probably a fairly easy problem.
So, when you guys do fluted columns, mantels, and faceframes, what method do you use? Also, any tips for centering the flutes? I've always had pretty good luck with cabinetmaking, so this has me really angry and frustrated.