i am finally getting around to making my wife the jewelry box she has asked
for.... between work and helping my son with his car....i think i can turn it
into a xmas gift.....
anyways..... it is made with wavy maple...with have a tung oil finish, but for
accent, i want to peg out the sides....where can i get some 1/4 inch dowels
made of some DARK wood....doesn't have to be exotic, but to set off the
Easy thing is to get a plug cutter and make little short dowels. Heck, if
you don't want to spend the money, tell me how many you need, and I'll make
you some out of walnut. I have lots of odd little scraps laying around.
I can only make short ones because I have small, cheap plug cutters, but
they make nice accents where you don't need a long dowel for structural
reasons. Or buy a better plug cutter than I have, some dark wood of your
choice, and go nuts. If you like using contrasting wood as much as I do,
you'll probably be glad to have them, because you'll use them frequently.
I plan to get a much better set soon.
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < firstname.lastname@example.org>
Linux fanatic, and certified Geek; registered Linux user #243621
I hate cutting dowels, especially with a plug cutter. Lots of hassle,
and you only make a tiny piece. Handy for cross-grain screw covers,
not so much for dowels.
I rip square stock on the badsaw, then plane it octagonal. I chop it
down to 6" lengths, then force it through a dowel plate.
The dowel plate is home made, from a snip of old power hacksaw blade.
Anneal it, drill pairs or triples of holes in a range of sizes. Use a
tapered reamer to put some "draw" on the backs of the holes. Use a
needle file to convert one or two of each size to a star shaped hole.
Heat, re-harden and temper only slightly (pale straw). Hammer the
dowel through from the narrow side, using the star-hole first, then
the round hole to finish.
I made this today:
It's parana pine, about 16" long, and intended as a replica of a late
medieval Baltic coast trader's chest (Sarah is a silversmith who does
Ye Olde Ren & Stimpy Fayres). The open tenons on the sides and the
coopered top are pegged down with little 1/8" bamboo pegs. I agonised
for a few milliseconds over using bamboo, but it comes in a packet of
nice ready-rounded dowels, sold as barbecue skewers. For thicker pegs,
I keep my chopsticks from the local noodle shop.
Next step is to wrap it in oilcloth, which I'm making myself to a 17th
century Pennsylvania recipe - linseed boiled with lead oxide and
manganese dioxide driers.
Die Gotterspammerung - Junkmail of the Gods
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