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david_larch

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866 days ago

I am looking to re-create an iconic mid century planter, but could use some help. I am hoping to buy pre turned dowels and cutting the cross pieces myself.

Question is: How to mortise these dowels to accept the cross supports? I do not have a router so I am trying to figure out how to make a jig to keep the dowels in one spot while mortising. In theory this jog would also be useful down the road when I can pick up a bench top mortiser. Either way, Id love some suggestions.
thanks!

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RussellAP

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#1 posted 866 days ago

I’d use a drill press with a dowel jig to hold the work and set the stop for half the distance. Assuming you use a 1/4” dowel I’d drill 1/16th” pilot holes first.

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#2 posted 866 days ago

You can make a jig to hold round stock for drilling (best use a drill press) by setting your table saw blade to 45 degrees and ripping a V groove in a length of thick stock (piece of 2×4 or 4×4 could work). Just lay the round stock in the groove and hold on.

Are you going to dowel the round stock to the crosspieces? Two dowel pins glued per crosspiece end should work. Using a different wood color, or dye, would look nice. Not sure of the planter scale, but two dowel pins as small as 1/8 inch each diameter, glued through the round stock and into the crosspiece ends has a lot of holding power.

You could actually make through tenons. That would look really cool. Drill a series of holes in each round stock, side by side, then use a chisel to square the sides and ends. It would take some freehand shaping, and time, but could look real nice.

That is a nice clean design. Hope it works out. Post pics when you finish.

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david_larch

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#3 posted 866 days ago

Thanks for the quick replies. I will likely make a few of these so my hope is to mortise the round stock and create a tenon on the cross pieces. That said, I have been thinking that doweling the cross pieces to the round stock would be cool, too. I think I want to make the M/T first to be authentic.

Hilariously, the first (successful) one will be the garbage can in the bathroom I am remodelling in my Mid Century house.

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DS

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#4 posted 866 days ago

Like David said, a V-block will hold round stock fairly stable for mortising.

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bondogaposis

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#5 posted 866 days ago

Make a V block and cut the mortises w/ a Forstner bit on the drill press using overlapping holes. Then clean up w/ chisel.

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