Why haven’t I tried it yet? Well I think I have to blame Tom’s daughter for this one—boy, if she can do it and I mess it up… oh my self-esteem will suffer!! haha
Anyway, I have a birthday party to attend this Saturday and I want to make a gift rather than buying something. My goal is to make a garden wine tray like Budman made. So the idea is in my head… and then I see the DowelMax sitting patiently, waiting to be used.
So an idea forms for making a tray of sorts with different coloured wood on the ends. This would be nice. And maybe I can take this idea and turn it into the wine glass holder as well. But first things first—the DowelMax.
1. Select the wood—well, there’s a cut off piece of shelving that Rick brought from his place of work. That would work as the main section and I cut some pieces of cedar to attach to the ends. Check.
2. Mark the edges according to the DowelMax instructions. Check.
3. Drill holes. Things are going well. I put the small piece of cedar in the tool and drill away. Great. I then put the larger piece in the vise and drilled a hole and realized that I needed to turn the wood on its side for two reasons: 1) I was too short to reach way up there and 2) it vibrated way too much. So I tilted the piece and continued to drill the holes. Check
4. Insert the dowels and hold your breath. Dowels inserted, pieces put together – matching beautifully. Why I can do this. It is REALLY easy. No worries!! CHECK.
5. Side B. Drill the cedar. Check
6. Side B. Drill the main table – but remembering that I tilted it the first time I set it up that way right from the start (See how smart I am??) And then I attached the DowelMax and drilled away…. and then it seemed to me that I was drilling an awful lot of holes this time… hmm… DOH… I was drilling the holes along the top instead of the side. Yes, I had checked the little marks (ok so obviously I didn’t REALLY check them or I would have had it done correctly) hehehe … Learning Opportunity A and learning opportunity B.
A. check the marks!!!
B. I need a plan to cover up the unwanted holes rather than having to trim the piece. (I’m seeing plugs of some sort in my future. And it will really make this piece beautiful.) I’ll have to go watch Dick's video again)
... and then I drilled the correct edge, Check.
7. insert the dowels and voila … a beautiful beginning for a serving tray/ wine glass holder/ birthday present!
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (http://www.execulink.com/~yohan)