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Okay, this might not seem like much, but I sweated bullets over this for a week. I am wanting to start making the Rob Cosman style invisible hinges for my boxes, but the prerequisite is that you have a perfectly sized dowel of the same species and try to match the grain as closely as possible. I tried his method with a plane blade clamped to the top of a wooden block. Disaster. I tried, really, every thing out there. I finally wound up going to Woodcrafters, and on the first go around, I bought one of those plates that you pound the dowel through, but before I even unpackaged it, I came across this method here. I decided this was a better way to go, as I was not looking forward to trying to pound a piece of hardwood through a plate, so I took the plate back and exchanged it for a top flight Freud bull nose router bit.

It took me a couple of days to dial in my setup on the router table. I failed numerous times, but today, I finally got it right. What you are looking at is a perfectly round dowel that my digital calipers tell me is .499” I think that will do.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/





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RMorris

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#1 posted 02-11-2015 02:18 AM

It’s a circle!

-- If you are going to make it, make it last.

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#2 posted 02-11-2015 02:19 AM



It s a circle!

- RMorris

Yes, but it has the potential to be so much more, for example, a thing that drives you to the brink of madness :-)

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#3 posted 02-11-2015 04:36 AM

Something for us all to strive for. .
Good job.

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#4 posted 02-11-2015 12:43 PM

Ok Jerry…which button on that keyboard did you use to create that dowel??? lol

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#5 posted 02-11-2015 02:09 PM

Roger, he’s TRYING to not show it, but if you look close you can just see the “HELP” button! :-)

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#6 posted 02-11-2015 02:12 PM

Thanks Jerry. I ran around for an hour and a half looking for a 3/4” cherry dowel yesterday. I was not successful. I ended up matching the color pretty well with a walnut dowel. I will consider this procedure but I usually find what I need with all the lumber sources here.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#7 posted 02-11-2015 03:32 PM

Nicely done Jerry, look forward to seeing your finished box.

-- --- Dan

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#8 posted 02-11-2015 04:51 PM

Actually, it’s a cylinder :^p

Nice job Jerry.

So often it’s the little tasks like this that challenge our abilities, as larger projects are just a combination of many steps.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#9 posted 02-11-2015 05:55 PM



Roger, he s TRYING to not show it, but if you look close you can just see the “HELP” button! :-)

- JoeinGa

Thanks EggMan, Roger, and JoeinGa. I tried the big red “Easy” button, but all I got was a bunch of ovals.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#10 posted 02-11-2015 05:58 PM



Thanks Jerry. I ran around for an hour and a half looking for a 3/4” cherry dowel yesterday. I was not successful. I ended up matching the color pretty well with a walnut dowel. I will consider this procedure but I usually find what I need with all the lumber sources here.

- jumbojack

Well if you do try it, use feather boards with very light pressure on the fingers on entry and exit both, but don’t use a downward pressing one, it will cause uneven cuts.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#11 posted 02-11-2015 06:00 PM



Nicely done Jerry, look forward to seeing your finished box.

- DanielP


Thanks Dan, I’m planning on trying to finish that today.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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Jerry

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#12 posted 02-11-2015 06:01 PM


Actually, it s a cylinder :^p

Nice job Jerry.

So often it s the little tasks like this that challenge our abilities, as larger projects are just a combination of many steps.

- Mainiac Matt

Thanks Matt, this easily stands out as being one of the most difficult things I’ve done.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#13 posted 02-11-2015 06:47 PM

very cool. i needed a weird diameter dowel and made one the way the john heisz video shows how to. it worked out great.

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Jerry

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#14 posted 02-11-2015 06:50 PM


very cool. i needed a weird diameter dowel and made one the way the john heisz video shows how to. it worked out great.

- jshroyer

As I mentioned before, I tried all the methods on YouTube. I greatly admire your ability to get John’s method to work. When I tried it, what happened is that whenever I tried to drill the cutting holes that are adjacent to the main hole, my drill bit wandered too much and ruined everything. I tried making one of his jigs at least 5 times before I gave up and tried, again unsuccessfully, the Rob Cosman / Matthias Wandel method. You should be very proud of your work!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#15 posted 02-11-2015 08:47 PM

Thanks for the post Jerry. How about trying to make good round 1/8” dowels. Any ideas or tips?

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