In one of my earlier posts I showed what I referred to as “the poor man’s dowel plate”. Unfortunately it didn’t work as I had hoped. Using the saw blade was fine for one, maybe two accurately sized dowels. After that they became slightly larger and rougher. In that post I mentioned that my friend had ordered the dowel plate from Lie-Nielsen but it wasn’t scheduled for shipping for a couple of weeks. As I took a lunch break yesterday and pondered how the heck to make the dowels I got an email from him saying the plate was delivered. I asked to come by and look at it (knowing full well I wanted to borrow it) and he said he needed to figure out how to hold it to make a dowel with it. I told him that I’d figure that out for him if he’d let me borrow it—it worked! Anyway, here’s what I came up with:
Since his birthday is coming up I thought might as well make it special. There are two pieces of Australian Lacewood laminated to two short pieces of Maple. Since the Maple extends below the plate it can be clamped into a vise (as shown) so that the dowel plate is secure. You have to pound pretty hard to make things work but this is so much better than what I made before. Using some square Ebony I first ran them through the 5/16” hole, then used a block plane to get it closer to 1/4” before running it through the plate. The sides of the bench were assembled last night and I’ll post a picture of it once it’s completely assembled.
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