Using a dowel/ pivot

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Forum topic by Rick posted 09-07-2010 08:26 PM 3157 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-07-2010 08:26 PM

Made a box that I want the top to pivot open, managed to drill opposing holes that correspond pretty well, glue dowel in one side & just press the other side on, but it’s a bit wonky. Wondering how to make it stay on. Only want to drill part way through the top so the dowel doesn’t show. How to lock it on?

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#1 posted 09-07-2010 08:29 PM

A photo(s) might help convey the details and result in better answers.

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#2 posted 09-07-2010 08:51 PM

I don’t completely understand what you are trying to do. As swirt said, some pictures might help.

However, I have done some boxes with pivoting tops and I have had better luck with pieces of 1/8” brass rod instead of dowels.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 09-07-2010 09:00 PM

what you might want to try is this:

1. on the top part, enlarge the inside of the hole so that you’ll have a groove in the deeper end
2. drill a small hole on the top of the dowel
3. put a short rod type wedge in the top of the dowel that if pushed into the hole will enlarge the top of the dowel
4. put the top on top of the not-yet-wedged dowel
5. strike it all down

the top will press the pin into the dowel as it sets in which should expand the dowels top into the groove you made in the top’s hole and will lock it in

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#4 posted 09-08-2010 03:39 AM

You could use a wooden pin (think wooden nail with a head) and recess it and insert it from the bottom and glue into the top. Craft sites sell these pins to hold wheels on toys.

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