Life as an Amateur Woodworker #5: Sawdust everywhere!

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 10-29-2013 12:12 AM 1668 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today, I have spent my time covered in sawdust, I decided that it was better to be prepared, rather than scratching around for scrap to make parts later.

A few projects coming up require dowels, and others require star/clamp knobs, therefore it makes sense to have a supply ready to hand.

For the dowels, I used Izzy Swan’s method, cheap and easy, and at the moment, both those qualities come top of my list, if you haven’t already seen his dowel making in action, you can see it here . I mainly use a 5/16” bit for most things, so for now I have made a supply of those, as time goes on, I will add to them.

The star knobs were a different kettle of fish, there were a number of methods I liked, but I went for the method adopted by Jack Houweling, mainly because I could get more knobs from a piece of wood, you can see how he does this here. I made a big batch of knobs, working on 2” circles on the band saw, and using the 5/16” bit on the drill press to give the fluted edge, however I haven’t finished them, for a reason, at this moment I don’t know how many male or female knobs I will be needing, or what size bolt they will take, so I have cut out the knobs, but other than marking a centre starter hole, I have left them at that, they will be easy enough to finish off as required. I have also prepared a few round cut outs, using a 3/4” hole cutter, in case I need to glue on shafts, to secure the knob in a recess.

That’s probably me finished for this week, unfortunately less exciting commitments take priority, but I will be back at the bench as soon as possible.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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