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Forum topic by KnickKnack posted 12-29-2011 08:34 PM 956 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2011 08:34 PM

Not sure if that title’s right.

I have it in mind to build something that includes one piece, slotted into another, that rotates, like a hinge…

I’ve done this on small boxes, but the dowel bit isn’t through and through.

I can make the wood bits, but I’m at something of a loss as to how I manage to glue the “dowel bit” onto the outside bits without getting glue on the central bit, or how I glue the dowel to the central bit without getting glue on the outside bits.
I bet there’s something really easy that I’m missing, but, well, I’m missing it.

Thanks in advance

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#1 posted 12-29-2011 09:35 PM

Heck, I’d think if you drilled the hole precisely to the dowel it would be tight enough to stay in place without glue. Might take a bit of work to get the dowel threw, but it’d be worth it, I’d think.

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#2 posted 12-29-2011 10:33 PM

I would think that adjusting the fit of the holes would work as already mentioned.

However, if you feel you need glue, gluing only one of the outside holes to the dowel should do the trick. You could push the dowel through the first two holes, then coat the last hole. Then push the dowel through the rest of the way.

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#3 posted 12-30-2011 07:53 AM

All of those ideas would work. My first thought was to drill one of the outside holes a little small. Taper the end of the dowel. tap it through the first and second hole and then drive it through the smaller one until the taper is all the way through. Then I’d cut it off flush and be done.

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#4 posted 12-30-2011 07:57 AM

If you are going for a traditional type feel, bore a hole through the moving part and after it’s in the dowel, and put a dowel into that. Make sure it’s a smaller dowel though. Putting glue on the second dowel might work.

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#5 posted 12-30-2011 08:11 AM

You could wax the dowel except for one tip and glue just that tip in place. You don’t need to glue both sides of the dowel as sras stated.

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