Paper Mold and Deckle #2: frame and support bars

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Blog entry by mileskimball posted 05-13-2013 05:33 PM 3421 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Why a paper mold? Part 2 of Paper Mold and Deckle series Part 3: Mold Redux; or, the difference between prototyping and screwing up »

The first step was to mill the white oak and Spanish cedar to oversized billets and let them season a week or two in the shop. After final milling, I dovetailed the white oak frame by hand (good practice!) and set out to mill the airfoil-shaped support bars.

My biggest problem was getting the dowel-end to be well formed. I got some great advice from the joinery forum about machine approaches, but finally ended up whittling them rough, then bringing them to a final shape with a homemade dowel-cutter formed of a steel plate with three overlapping holes (the overlaps create cutting teeth—sorry, didn’t take a picture). They ended up good enough, I think.

-- Miles

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