Chessboard #6: Doweling

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Blog entry by CartersWhittling posted 12-09-2011 03:03 AM 2693 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello. After my last post I was ready to start joinery on the main carcase. So I decided to do a dowel joint. I just used a simple block of wood with a 3/8” hole and fence clamped to it. The hole was placed so that it would be centered on 3/4” stock. I have lines drawn around the jig to locate the centre of the hole so I could align the jig to my marks on the work pieces.

Here is the carcase disassembled with the dowels in place.

You may be able to see in the picture the lines I have drawn by each dowel to mark the location of each dowel for drilling.

After the dowels were all drilled I turned the last three posts. Its very scary turning these because the corners can easy nick your nuckles or your lathe tool can chip them (which I did, and required major repairs to fix).

You can see there is two dowels in each post. These will be joined to the outside of the carcase sides.

During the process of turning and repairing the posts I was glueing up the strips for the board. I also put 3 dowels between each strip to help align them and give greater strength to the joint. I had these strips cut last winter and they have warped since then so the dowels were a great help in aligning the warped strips. Note: do not cut parts and glue them up almost a year later, especially when the long grain is cut short and the piece is very wide.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#1 posted 12-09-2011 04:18 AM

You are making excellent progress.

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