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Forum topic by Ben Martin posted 09-19-2011 06:19 PM 978 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Ben Martin

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09-19-2011 06:19 PM

I have a project on the go, and am hoping one of the experts here can offer a suggestion. I have a number of dowels that I need to cut a series of grooves in. The dowels are 14” long, and need to have a series of coves cut to give a washboard effect each cove needs to be about 2-3mm wide, spaced 2-3mm apart. I could mark it out, and cut each one individually, but in the interest of time (I have a batch of 30 dowels that have to be shaped identically) I would like to make some sort of jig that will allow me to do turn all coves at once.

My first attempt was to make something with wires, to burn the coves, but with the gauge of wire need, spacing equally proved to be next to impossible.

Any suggestions on a jig that will make quick work of this project?


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#1 posted 09-19-2011 08:01 PM

Just an idea-take a stick and place nails at the points you would have marked. That way your marks will always be in the same place to start.
I’ve done this before and just recently watched a fellow turn Windsor chair legs,that’s how he marked his blanks. It was pretty amazing to watch-couple of minites and the leg was done.Start to finish. He did allow that he has done thousands of them!
Hope this might help.

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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