|Project by bluekingfisher||posted 03-30-2016 06:53 PM||1331 views||6 times favorited||6 comments|
We as woodworkers know how tricky it can be to hold round stock such as dowels when drilling on marking or trying to plane a flat edge for cutting a mortise etc.
So, this is my version for holding the stock securely for such tasks. Two beveled battens with 45 degree chamfers are glued and screwed to a base which can be clamped to your bench or drill press table. A small groove is cut in the edge of each batten near the base, which act as the guide rails for the holding clamp. The clamp is two right angled 50mm stretcher plates screwed to a square scrap of hardwood cut to the same width as the two battens. I made a small knob from scrap, drilled a hole in it and cut a mortice to take the head of the bolt and epoxied it in place. A T nut is countersunk into the hardwood clamp base so the bolt can be screwed down to hold the stock in place.
The clamp can also be held steady in place against the battens while the dowel stock can be butted against the fence as seen in photo 2. By laying out marks at required spacing as marked on a piece of masking tape on the edge of the batten rail, the dowel can be rotated while holding a pencil at the layout marks to ensure an accurate mark can be formed on the circumference of the dowel. Useful if you need to cut or sand to a line where accuracy is required.
The clamp will hold round stock up to 32mm for drilling, enough capacity for most operations.
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