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Auxillary Workbench #3: Using Dowelmax to join the bases with stretchers - VIDEO

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Blog entry by mot posted 05-22-2007 01:08 AM 3927 reads 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I wanted to put a bolt through the stretchers in order to tighten up an seasonal slack that might occur with this bench. The perfect thing to do, (perfect only because I thought of it,) was to use two dowels for anti-rotation pins and then put a bolt through the stretcher. This is just a short blog entry today.

This video is how I used Dowelmax to align the stretchers to the base.

In part IV of this series, I’ll discuss the top of the bench, and move on to the skirt and vise installation. As I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do for any of those, I’ll just leave you with this tidbit for today.

Have a great day in the shop!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)



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oscorner

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#1 posted 05-22-2007 03:53 AM

Mot, I love the comments that you inject into your video. If you keep this up I’m gonna have to buy a Dowelmax. Nice video.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 05-22-2007 03:58 AM

Mot -

Verry neat video! I am looking forward to seeing the finished auxillary bench. You sure could be a salesman for DowelMax!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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#3 posted 05-22-2007 05:21 AM

Thanks for a great video. This is a big help for those “woodworking challenged” types such as myself. Like David states we are looking forward to the finished aux. bench.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#4 posted 05-22-2007 05:21 AM

He is – I pick mine up direct from the manufacturer tomorrow. And I wouldn’t have given this device a second thought beforeTom’s demo’s.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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#5 posted 05-22-2007 05:56 AM

Say hi to Jim! Hey, just for info sake, I could have just clamped Pedro (Dowelmax – Little Mule) in one spot and just bored two dowel holes. But, I wanted them equidistant from the ends of the stretcher because I wasn’t sure how big of bolt I was going to put in, and I wasn’t sure if I was just going to use a lag bolt or not. I wanted to give as much wood for it to bite as I could. This is probably taking someting into account that didn’t need to be taken into account, but I did it anyway. In another in a long line of things I do to make my life more difficult, I didn’t consider how hard it was going to be to index Pedro to the leg. Hence the hoopla of spacers and …... ...... (pause for comic effect)..... pencil marks.

What I’m trying to say is I could have done that entire process of drilling the legs in about 2 minutes instead of 8. shrug Just thought I’d mention it. Nite!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 05-22-2007 07:56 PM

Keep em coming Mot….

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#7 posted 05-23-2007 03:41 AM

Mot, I said Hello to Jim – he was unaware of the activity on this site.

He spoke with Debbie this morning, and I walked into his office a few hours latter.

He’s a great guy and, I know appreciative of every order he gets.

He’s invested a small fortune in product development and protection of intellectual property. It’s a three man company (correction two men and a lovely wife) so most of us can relate to the passion he has for good woodworking with quality tools.

When I get back to Oz, I have a project that will be a good test of this tool for me. I look forward to writing it up for the LJ site.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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#8 posted 05-23-2007 04:35 AM

I’ve only spoken to him on the phone, and his passion for his invention and his obvious committment to his company was a huge selling feature. As soon as you get Dowelmax in your hands, you will see what a wonderfully machined piece it is. I spoke with Debbie about how much I liked the tool, but didn’t mention the activity and discussions. I was just hoping things would filter on that way. I’m sure you’ll like it. One of the things that you may note, is the conspicuous absence of these jigs for re-sale. People that buy them, keep them.

Cheers!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#9 posted 05-24-2007 06:17 PM

It does look like a great tool Mot. Nice to have you share your experiences with it here. Keep those videos coming.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#10 posted 10-07-2009 06:51 AM

Can’t see the video!! Should this page play the video?

http://lumberjocks.com/mot/blog/1075

-- Steve G., Kelowna, BC, Canada

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#11 posted 10-07-2009 06:56 AM

I can’t see the video either.

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#12 posted 10-07-2009 04:53 PM

Sorry guys. Yahoo bought Jumpcut video service, and then promptly shut it down. I’ll re-up the videos to Blip and fix the links in the next few days.

Cheers!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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