Making of a dog #4: A heady question - need a lesson help

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 11-28-2008 08:48 PM 1382 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m getting ready to assemble my little scooter. I’ve drilled the hole in the head to accept the dowel. The plan calls for only gluing the dowel into the hole. But I’m wondering if I should drill a second hole through the side of the head and into the dowel and insert a cross dowel (1/4”). I’m thinking that between the glue and the cross dowel the joint would last a lot longer.

I’m thinking of drilling the hole for a cross dowel at the black dot on the pattern.


What do you think? Is this necessary, or overkill?

Thanks in advance for your help.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 11-28-2008 08:54 PM

Use the right glue and it should be fine as long as the fit is not loose. I love making toys for the little ones as well.

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#2 posted 11-28-2008 09:17 PM

Betsy, the cross dowel can’t hurt.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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Les Hastings

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#3 posted 11-28-2008 09:34 PM

Overkill never hurts any project, I’d go with two.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#4 posted 11-28-2008 09:38 PM

Thanks guys. I wanted to make sure my thinking was sound.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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