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Forum topic by Knothead62 posted 12-19-2013 10:59 AM 629 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2013 10:59 AM

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I am making a toilet paper “tree” for my daughter. They don’t have a TP holder in their half-bath as they don’t want to put holes in the wall. My project will be a square base and a 22 inch piece of 1-1/4 in. dowel for the stand. The paper will be held in place by dowels through or into the dowel. How can I accurately drill the end of the dowel to insert a wood/machine thread bolt to go into the base? I have a drill press. Lathe is too short.


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#1 posted 12-19-2013 11:51 AM

something like this would work, if I understand your problem correctly

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#2 posted 12-19-2013 02:31 PM

+1 with junebug. Unless you have a bench model.

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#3 posted 12-19-2013 03:39 PM

I have a bench model but maybe I can rig up something. Nothing like taking two hours to drill one hole. Thanks.

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#4 posted 12-19-2013 03:49 PM

I am not following what the issue is. Are you trying to attach a flat base to the bottom of a vertical “post”? If you are then I don’t see why just drilling some pilot holes with a hand drill would work and counter sink the wood bolts into it. It doesn’t need to hold a lot of weight. What am I missing?

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#5 posted 12-19-2013 04:03 PM

There are a couple ways besides a drill press

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/84850

you can buy or make a jig like this

http://www.rockler.com/rockler-1-2-dowel-drilling-jig

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#6 posted 12-19-2013 09:14 PM

danoaz,k I thought of that but uneasy about getting the hole straight. Need to have it done by Sunday PM so buying anything is out of the question. Will try to adapt my drill press with some sort of jig.

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#7 posted 12-20-2013 02:00 AM

Unless I completely misunderstood your design, why don’t you drill a 1 1/4” hole in the base and glue the dowel into the base?

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#8 posted 12-20-2013 03:58 AM

What gfadvm said!

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#9 posted 12-20-2013 09:39 PM

Guys, don’t have a bit that large.

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#10 posted 12-21-2013 12:55 AM

A 1 1/4” Forstner bit is the most expensive way to go. A 1 1/4” spade bit is the cheapest way to go.

A router could also make the 1 1/4” hole in your base using a template or circle cutting jig.

The above options would yield a stronger joint than the screw through the base.

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#11 posted 12-21-2013 01:14 AM

A hole saw would also work.

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#12 posted 12-21-2013 01:18 AM

I agree with gfadvm. Spade or forstner 1/2 thickness of the base. The bits centers give you a pilot hole for other fasteners. Drill pilot hole, glue the dowel in place and hand drill from the other side into the dowel to whatever size screw or bolt you wish. I used this method on 1 1/2 inch dowels on an entertainment center and it worked great.

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#13 posted 12-21-2013 10:43 PM

I went with danoaz’s suggestion and carefully drilled t he bottom with a regular drill. Seems to work OK. I had to put the end on a disc sander to square it up. I then screwed the dowel to the base. Just getting ready to put the second coat of paint on it. Will take some pix for the forum. I thing I’ll see if I can make something like junebug has in the picture to fit on the drill press.
My thanks to all for your replies. The forum members are great- that’s why I check the forum and projects at least once a day.

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