Emergency Dowel Fluting
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out of fluted dowel pins? Here's how to make your own.
you just hate it when it's 10:00 PM and you're in the middle
of a project...when you run out of an important component
that's required to take you to the next step?
If those depleted components are fluted dowel pins...and you
just happen to have some correct sized dowel rods at hand,
this little trick will keep you going.
we continue....trying to assemble a doweled project with a
dowel pin that's not fluted or spiral cut will often result
in a glue-starved joint - or - worse yet - a split workpiece.
The flutes and spiral cuts in commercially-made dowel pins
are there for two reasons.
first reason is to allow space for the glue to escape as you
assemble your doweled components. Without the flutes or spiral
cuts, pressure will build rapidly as you force your components
together, which could easily cause one or both of the mating
components to split out.
The second reason is to provide more contact surface between
the dowel, the glue and the workpieces.
get back to the tip. If you're out of fluted dowel pins, reach
for the appropriate sized dowel rod and flute it yourself
by squeezing it between the coarse "teeth" of an ordinary
pair of pliers (not needle-nosed or electrician's pliers).
This will create some shallow flutes for glue escapement.
you've finished, don't forget to round-off the ends of your
dowel pins. This makes for easier insertion and provides increased
holding power as some of your glue "puddles" where the dowel
ends meet the bottoms of their holes.