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Workshop operational tips. #14: In the Eye of the Dowel!

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Blog entry by LittleBlackDuck posted 12-30-2019 09:55 AM 1741 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Boys and Girls,

We all have our secrets in finding the centre of a dowel, however, unless you were on the quest of finding rc’s wallet (which is empty) in my workshop, you may have not come across my method.

Most of us use standard sized dowels, whether fabricated, purchased or other unorthodox means.
Nevertheless they tend to fit into holes made by traditional sized forstner bits.
That same forstner bit makes the ideal centre finder.

Grab a block of timber, in accordance with your desires, and drill a forstner bore of your desired diameter, or don’t take note and use a calliper to measure it….

You can then use the forstner tip to drill the hole right through the block. Just ensure you have an instrument to go all the way through and as close to its diameter to prevent play,
For the centering hole, I start with 2.5mm as that’s the tip of my forstner bits and then use the bigger boy 4mm drill bit which is the same diameter as my centre punch…

From here on it’s not too difficult to follow the bouncing ball… and if it stops bouncing, just hope it doesn’t roll under that immovable machinery.


the hole IS there,

Now there are a quite a few other centre finders of which I’m showing you two…
And as Goldie, who couldn’t keep a lock on her mouth, says, too small,

too big

just right,

Do not try this without a dowel… and square dowels may yield inaccurate results.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD



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oldrivers

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#1 posted 12-30-2019 12:02 PM

Pretty Neat trick, thanks for sharing.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 12-30-2019 03:04 PM

simply 1 GR8 idea … there is always several ways to skin a cat . dog . or duck :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 12-30-2019 08:17 PM

Good idea LBD. Hope you don’t mind me adding to your idea. Usually the reason for finding the center of the dowel is to bore a hole up the dowel. The best way I have found to stop the drill bit wandering is to put the dowel in the drill chuck and the drill bit in a vice line it up on the centering mark clamp it down and bore away. works perfect every time.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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#4 posted 12-30-2019 10:59 PM


... Hope you don t mind me adding to your idea…
- Pjonesy

Not at all Pj... the more info that can be crammed into an idea/tip the wiser we can all be.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 12-31-2019 01:11 AM

Wonderful idea, clever and easy.
Smiles,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 12-31-2019 03:03 AM

once again you teach me something,problem is tomorrow it’s gone.so here’s my plan,you adopt me and when you die i get that laboratory you refer to as a workshop along with all it’s secrets.some of which only nasa and the donald are privey…......ive already said too much,sorry.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 12-31-2019 05:26 PM


once again you teach me something,problem is tomorrow it s gone....
- pottz

And that leads me into the lesson for today…..

Tomorrow is never gone… there’s another tomorrow queuing up every day.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#8 posted 01-02-2020 09:32 AM

GR8HUNTER that’s plucka duck BTW
hey Hey!

get some auzzie in ya ...turn the bloody volume up too mug!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEXU291OmYY

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 01-02-2020 04:37 PM


..... that’s plucka duck…..
- robscastle

Thanks rc... that brings back fond memories to me…. those were the days when PIC (Political InCorectness) was yet to be invented and ducks could let it all hand out and run around without trousers.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#10 posted 01-02-2020 04:50 PM

aussie entrertainment at it’s best i assume? ducks without pants though,lets keep em on :)

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#11 posted 01-02-2020 05:00 PM


..... ducks without pants though,lets keep em on :)
- pottz

One must choose their words carefully,..... mustn’t one? Keep on the pants or keep on the ducks without pants???... Personally, I like the breeze!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#12 posted 01-02-2020 05:47 PM


..... ducks without pants though,lets keep em on :)
- pottz

One must choose their words carefully,..... mustn t one? Keep on the pants or keep on the ducks without pants???... Personally, I like the breeze!

- LittleBlackDuck

T-M-I DUCKS im getting visions in my head i dont want-yikes!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#13 posted 01-02-2020 08:36 PM


.... im getting visions in my head….
- pottz

Hey pottzy, you’re the one quoting we’re woodworkers...

or should I just call you Johnny H.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#14 posted 01-02-2020 09:12 PM

.... im getting visions in my head….
- pottz

Hey pottzy, you re the one quoting we re woodworkers...

or should I just call you Johnny H.

- LittleBlackDuck

man i fell right into that one-ha!

pretty soon cricket will have to start rating our post’s,you may not make it-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#15 posted 01-04-2020 11:32 AM

well its time for some more good Aussie entertainment from Dazza AKA LBD in his spa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mfn7uLY_dI

-- Regards Rob

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