|Forum topic by interpim||posted 01-10-2010 06:44 PM||1995 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
01-10-2010 06:44 PM
I have been working on a small frame inspired by one pictured on The Wood Whisperer… I believe Mark is doing a class on his at the end of this month actually.
Well, I had all the pieces milled out, had my half laps chiseled out to fit just right, and the frame glued up. Now it’s time to put in some ebony plugs with pillowed tops.
i have to admit, I don’t have enough chisels to be as effective as I would like to be, and my smallest being 1/4” makes it difficult to cut a 3/8” square plug hole LOL.
My process was to drill out the center, and use a home-made chisel to square it up for the plug. Well, the results are “acceptable” but, are a bit rough around the edges, requiring a bit of filling with glue and sawdust.
Then afterward, as I was laying in bed, it hit me… the perfect pillowed block. How I can get the best look without screwing it up with my chopping away at the wood… Here is what I came up with.
First, cut up your blank… mine were 3/8” square and I would say about 6 inches or so long.
What you should have should look similar to a square head bolt without any threads.
Next, do your typical method of pillowing the square portion… I like to use a swirling motion on a bit of sand paper.
Once you have it ready to go, drill a hole through your piece that is the same diameter as the dowel you made put a bit of glue on it, and push it through your drilled hole. If you turned the shoulder square it will sit perfectly flush with the surface and look great.
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