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SHOP-MADE DOWEL PLATE

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To make your own dowel plate, drill a series of holes in 1⁄32" increments through a piece of 1⁄8"-thick steel. Start by driving the dowel blank through the hole that’s closest in diameter to your stock. (Place the dowel plate over a doghole or the open jaws of your bench vise to provide clearance.)

After the first pass, pound the dowel stock though the next smaller size hole. Keep moving through progressiv­ely smaller holes until you reach the desired diameter for your pins.

 ??  ?? To make your own dowels, simply drive the dowel stock through progressiv­ely smaller holes until you reach your intended diameter.
To make your own dowels, simply drive the dowel stock through progressiv­ely smaller holes until you reach your intended diameter.
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You can make your own dowel plate out of a piece of 1⁄8”-thick steel bar stock.

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