|Project by Philip||posted 05-16-2012 08:37 PM||3349 views||8 times favorited||13 comments|
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.
-- I never finish anyth