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!
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