|Lie-Nielsen Dowel Plate in Use|
Through the wonder of the internet I got an email a few days ago from a jewelry artist who found one of my previous posts on making Ebony dowels. Those were for a Greene & Greene inspired stool I made last March. In any case, I had some of the Ebony left so told her no problem. Isn't it great that life has a learning curve and the longer we do something the wider the curve becomes? Generally for pegging joints, as used on the stool, the dowel may be an inch long or so. Even though you make them a bit longer you do that because there will tend to be some inconsistencies. She needed them to be 2-3 inches long so I went for 6"+ to start.
Here's what I accomplished in a couple of hours (remember that learning curve!):
|Initial Sizing of Ebony|
|Spokeshave, Notice the end - that's the goal|
Now that you have a visual as to what you need to work to it can be used as a guide on the block plane. Once the pieces were hammered through the dowel plate they needed some sanding to eliminate any imperfections and they're ready to ship to the jewelry artist. I plan to ask her to send me a picture of her finished work and I'll show them in the blog if she does.