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Project by Philip posted 800 days ago 2662 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This jig for making dowels is where it’s at. Taking square things and making them fit into round holes is how things get done.

I had a lot of inspiration for this jig. After seeing so many nice tool boxes and work benches coming together -some using the draw bore technique- I knew I had to make this.

There are some really nice commercial versions out there (happy to take your money) but in true “Stumpy nubs style” they can pry the money out of my cold dead..well…I don’t have any money. And mine is better looking, all symmetrical and what not.

Made from some awesome wood that we cut down a year and a half ago here at the college (I plan to make all my hand tools from this wood) and with some bookmatched Olive pen blank to liven it up a little.

To make this work you rive/split/cut wood roughly to shape, sharpen it like a pencil and pound it home. Some fibers are compressed, most are sheared off, but in the end you get a dowel that will work well if you have planned your joinery well and you don’t have nails or screws.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!





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Tedster

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#1 posted 800 days ago

I like it! I don’t even use dowels and I want one. Nice job! :)

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 800 days ago

Looks good but lie Nielsen sells the same thing. http://www.lie-nielsen.com/catalog.php?sku=DP
But I bet yours cost a lot less.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Philip

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#3 posted 800 days ago

Yep, I couldn’t spend that much on a hunk of metal but theirs is the real deal. If I could do it over I would clean the rust off and THEN drill the holes. Cleaning them up left some holes a little chamfered, and you don’t want that.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 800 days ago

Hey philip
yours is a lot fancier than mine, Mine is just a rusty hunk of 1/4” steel with holes drilled all over the place. The bottom line is they work :))

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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JeffC

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#5 posted 800 days ago

This is a great project! Are the holes camfered at all, or would that hinder the sheering action? I have seen these in use on the Woodwright shop, but have never used one myself.

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eddie

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#6 posted 800 days ago

phillip nice jig i use dowels .great one going to try this one thanks for sharing .so you would drive it thur ?i went and read this

http://www.lie-nielsen.com/pdf/charlesworth_dowelplate.pdf

and this will work

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Ken90712

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#7 posted 800 days ago

I dont use many dowels as well but it would look great on the peg board just in case! Nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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mafe

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#8 posted 800 days ago

Hi Philip, it’s super cool, how is it possible not to love it.
I would prefere yours every day!
Beautiful work buddy.
I will go and see Stumpys blog.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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pitbull

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#9 posted 800 days ago

Nice job Philip, the Olive wood gives it a touch of “Bling”. ( ;^0)

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eddie

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#10 posted 800 days ago

Phillip grads on the top three

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Philip

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#11 posted 800 days ago

Thanks everybody. JeffC: It’s best not to have any chamfer at all, because the crisper the hole, the better it will cut. My piece of steel was extra rusty and I drilled the holes and then cleaned off the rust, should have done it the other way around. Still, the steel is stronger than the wood so it shears off.

Ideally you would shave it down to almost the exact size and then pound it through the hole to finish it off, if there is a lot of wood to remove it gets ugly…

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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mafe

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#12 posted 799 days ago

I just need mm… Laugh.
Smiles,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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UpstateNYdude

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#13 posted 273 days ago

You should just put it in a drill over pounding it through, pounding it sounds like way more work, well for the smaller sizes anyway…

-- Nick, “Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime's work, but it's worth the effort.” ― Fred Rogers, Be My Neighbor

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