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Posted By: Walt Mathers on: 08/04/2016 15:31:05 EDT
Subject: Signal Flag Staff Joints and Tapering

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Logan,

How did I see the ferrules? I simple took out my glass, trained it on your station and waited for the haze to dissipate.

Bob Stecker had come up with quite an ingenious contraption some time back that basically employed the use of a router on a set of wooden side rails. The box on which it slide back and forth was recessed throughout and had metal plates at each end for which to hold a four-foot piece of stock on an extremely slighted angle.

Once the stock was secured into each end plate, but just tight enough to allow the piece to rotate, the router would slowly be pulled along its track as the stock was being slowly turned, thus cutting an acceptable taper; more so at one end than the other.

Lathes can be tricky and dangerous business. On the other hand, Bob Stecker's creation can and should be our salvation as to producing tapered joints of staff.

Try it. You'll like it! ;)

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