How do you round wood without a lathe?
Without an easy means of creating round parts, lathe-less woodworkers are stuck searching for ways to squeeze square pegs (e.g. leg or spindle stock) into round holes. Fortunately, there’s a simple solution. Using your router table and a few bits, you can mill perfectly round stock for spindles, legs, and more.
How do I make my dowel smaller?
For a 3/8″ dowel I drill a 23/64″ hole thru metal, and then pound the dowels thru the hole to reduce their size a smidgen. Seems to work great, and during glue ups, after applying glue there is a snug fit without needing to pound the dowels into the holes.
Can you turn a 2X4 on a lathe?
With modern wood glues you can glue up pieces of common 2X4 material to make turning blanks whatever size that you need. I made use of every 2X4 I had in my shop when I brought my first lathe home. As with any glue up on the lathe, be sure to get a solid glue surface and let the glue dry completely before turning!
How do you make wooden pegs last longer?
Extending the life of a pegs is pretty simple – don’t leave them on the line. Bring them inside between washes and whether it’s a plastic or wooden peg, you’ll dramatically improve its serviceable life.
How do you use a simple dowel jig?
Edge joints step-by-step
- Mark dowel locations. Cut the boards 1-in. extra long and butt them together. Mark dowel center lines 2 in. from each end and 8 to 12 in.
- Drill dowel holes. Align the jig with the center lines and drill. Control the hole’s depth using a stop collar. Glue dowels into one set of holes.