Dowel Plate

This is a simple dowel plate, used (as the name implies) for making dowels. It was made from a piece of 6 mm mild steel, through which I drilled holes from 5 mm to 12 mm in 0.5 mm increments. The holes were labelled with a set of number punches.

To use the dowel plate, a piece of wood is formed into a square cross-section, slightly larger than the desired dowel size. It is then hammered through the dowel plate, starting a few sizes larger than the target and working down through the holes one at a time. You can see the result of my first test of the dowel plate in the photo at the top of the page.

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