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Jigs and Fixtures #2: Dowel Stock Preparator!

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Blog entry by mot posted 12-09-2007 09:41 PM 10029 reads 15 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been fiddling with wooden hinges, and can’t get good dowel stock. Epecially dowel stock that matches the species of wood I’m working with. I gleaned this jig from another Rob Cosman video.

I took a 2” piece of walnut from the scrap pile. I drilled a 1/4” (0.247” actually) hole in it close to one face. I took a few passes through the drum sander to just show the hole cut. I chamfered one end to accept the workpiece stock. I clamped an old plane iron creating an awkward looking jig.

My first pass came out too thin. I clamped a playing card between the iron and the walnut. My second attempt came out at 0.247”. Blind ass luck to get it that close, however, my intent was to go for that diameter, so 2nd attempt or 12th attempt, I was in for the long haul.

Here’s the process of making the dowel:

I started by ripping a few 5/16” strips from the stock I’m using to make my box. Sorry Niki, I used the GRRipper. I don’t think it’s an accident waiting to happen. I use the GRRipper in conjunction with the MJ Splitter.

After I get a piece of oversized square stock, I chuck it up in my hand drill and use the belt sander to sharpen the end of it to go into the jig.

I wanted to knock off the edges to make more of an octagon to relieve stress on the jig. I could have done this on the tablesaw with the blade at 45, but this isn’t a precision maneuver, so I just used the belt sander. Next time I’m going to use a small parts clamp I have to knock the edges off first, then sharpen the end. This way, I had to hold them with my fingers, risking a slight manicure while I was doing it. I might have used the GRRipper for this too, but would have just been to torment, Niki.

I chuck the stock up in the drill, and then head to the jig.

This is a picture of the stock part way through the jig.

When I get near the end of the stock, I reverse the drill, chuck up the other end, and pull it through.

And the finished dowel, sitting atop my little jig.

Thanks for looking!

Tom

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



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David

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#1 posted 12-09-2007 09:46 PM

Hey Tom -

I think we are watching the same videos! I am working on the same thing. I am experimenting with using set screws to adjust the angle and set of the blade. Awesome job!

David

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mot

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#2 posted 12-09-2007 09:50 PM

David, I would have probably come up with a better way to ajust it if it hadn’t of come out spot on so quick. I’m not touching it now. Maybe my other size jigs will be a little more sophisticated, by this little 1/4” baby is a lock.

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

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#3 posted 12-09-2007 09:52 PM

Very cool!

I wish those Grrippers weren’t so expensive. They look so handy.

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#4 posted 12-09-2007 10:04 PM

Thats a cool jig!

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Mike Lingenfelter

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#5 posted 12-09-2007 10:22 PM

I was watching Rob’s video again the other day and thought I would try the wooden hinge soon. Are you making a box for the LJ contest?

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mot

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#6 posted 12-09-2007 10:51 PM

Thanks for the comments. Yes, F.Luna, it’s now the dowel plane!

Mike, I’m making the box for another purpose as I get the bugs out of the process. My prototypes are working fine and I’ve made jigs to set my fence and router bit height for a 1/4” hinge so that I can recreate the setup without too much fuss. As for the contest, that hinge may make an appearance.

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

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Russel

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#7 posted 12-09-2007 10:57 PM

Wow, why didn’t I think of that? Oh yeah, I’m not that creative. I was just thinking I needed some dowels earlier today. Very cool.

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YorkshireStewart

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#8 posted 12-09-2007 11:10 PM

I love that jig – so simple, effective and FREE!

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Thos. Angle

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#9 posted 12-10-2007 12:29 AM

Great invention, Tom. Stanley made a dowel maker years ago. Every once in a while I’ll see one or the head which cuts the dowel. I’ve passed them up but now might not. besides this is just too simple. And way too easy. Good one, Tom

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Karson

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#10 posted 12-10-2007 12:36 AM

Great idea Tom. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 12-10-2007 12:43 AM

Neat jig Tom!

It works similar to my dowel maker jig, But you don’t have to contend with a noisy router.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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mot

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#12 posted 12-10-2007 02:28 AM

Dick, that’s a hell of a setup… Franken-Doweler! I was pretty pleased with how quickly I got this one accurate. I’m going to be using the doweling for a little project so I’ll probably have to finagle a bit to match the radius of a router bit that it’s going to match up with. I’m interested in seeing what David’s refinements are as he’s taking into account blade set which I did not, aiming more for a pure sheer cut. For banging out quick dowel though? Man is this thing a cinch.

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

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#13 posted 12-10-2007 05:03 AM

Has anybody used Dowel Plates? These have been on my wish list for awhile. Anyone willing to give a recommendation?

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Karson

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#14 posted 12-10-2007 06:36 AM

I’ve not used the dowel plate that you showed.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Hawgnutz

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#15 posted 12-10-2007 07:37 AM

Very cool. Tom! With a varied set of drill bits, the options of dowels available would be unlimited! It sure saves the $45 for teh Lie Nelson dowel maker!

God Bless,
Hawg

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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