Barnsley Reproduction Build #15: Legs Trimmed and Installed

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Blog entry by stevo_wis posted 02-01-2015 03:35 AM 1620 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I mentioned last time that I would show how I make my dowels for drawboring. I use a drawknife to get them to about 1/2 inch in diameter and then pound them through a dowel plate. First I make sure that they go through the 1/2” diameter hole, then finally to 3/8” finished size. I bought the plate and it works well, though Roy Underhill says to just take a plate of iron and drill through them and leave any ragged edges on the plate’s holes to help cut the dowel.

It was time to install the legs temporarily so my friend Kris sawed the top tenon on each of the legs slightly oversized.
He used a stop and a clamp to make sure that all the legs would end up the same length.

Kris spun the legs and did all four sides of each leg.

A little touch up with the shoulder plane gave a perfect fit.

The legs are inserted but they can’t be glued in until the stretcher is finished. I also forgot to drill the frame for drawboring the tops of the legs, but I will do this later after the stretcher is fitted.

My friend Terry and I attended the 18th century furniture conference last weekend and I was able to talk to a timberframer there who gave me some tips on fitting diagonal tenons. More will come on this topic as I build the stretcher.

-- Stevo

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#1 posted 02-01-2015 12:14 PM

Your dowel making is a tried and true method Stevo, but there is another way as shown here that you might like even better.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 02-01-2015 01:31 PM

Mike, I like your dowel maker! With either maker, I like to draw knife the dowels rather than saw them because the dowel keeps the long grain intact.
Thanks Mike.

-- Stevo

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