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269911 don schwartz <dks@t...> 2020‑02‑07 old chisels & high prices
They 'bay is simply amazing. This auction ended with no bidders. But 
seriously....

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Lot-of-28-Various-Chisels-Stanley-Erik-
Anton-Berg-Sweden-Buck-
Bros/274242331524?hash=item3fda1de384:g:KdsAAOSwclFeIhyF&autorefresh=true

Don

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269913 "Adam R. Maxwell via OldTools" <oldtools@s...> 2020‑02‑08 Re: Making a dowel plate
> On Feb 8, 2020, at 09:30 , Adrian Jones  wrote:
> 
> Hi folks,
> 
> What sort of steel should I get?
> 
> It would obviously need to be drillable - I have a drill press (and a small
post drill).

I use whatever mild steel I can find in the shop, generally from the local
hardware store. This is also why I don't have "a dowel plate," but do have a
number of pieces of bar stock with apparently random holes near the end.

-- adam
269915 Ed Minch <ruby1638@a...> 2020‑02‑08 Re: Making a dowel plate
> On Feb 8, 2020, at 12:30 PM, Adrian Jones  wrote:
> 
> Hi folks,
> 
> What sort of steel should I get?
> 
> It would obviously need to be drillable - I have a drill press (and a small
post drill).
> 
> Cheers!


Here is one I had made for our tall ship for 1-1/8” purpleheart trunnels (tree
nails).  These dowels were so big and so hard that we decided to use hardened
steel, but for the regular smaller ones - 3/8  to 3/4” - a scrap angle iron from
the junk yard would work fine.  Be sure to relieve the underside of the hole and
polish the top surface reasonably.  We had 5 holes drilled in 1/64" increments
for fitting the trunnels into existing holes and found at this size, forcing
them through with a hydraulic press made them come out much nicer than pounding
on them with a 3 lb hammer

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ruby1638/49506264003/in/dateposted-
public/ <https://www.flickr.com/photos/ruby1638/49506264003/in
/dateposted-public/>

Ed Minch
269916 "Adrian Jones" <adrianjones747@c...> 2020‑02‑08 Re: Making a dowel plate
OK, mild steel it is.

I’m excited about this – it won’t be as nice as Ed’s but I’ll be using the post
drill for its first duty since I got it.

Photos will be taken!

Cheers, and thanks for the advice!
269917 Dave leader <daveldr@c...> 2020‑02‑08 Re: Making a dowel plate
Adrian Jones wrote:

 > Hi folks,
What sort of steel should I get?
It would obviously need to be drillable - I have a drill press (and a 
small post drill).
 > Cheers!

Adrian,

Mine is a piece of old lawn mower blade. Works just fine and has for 
years. You're driving wood that's fairly closely sized through it so it 
isn't under a lot of stress if the support below it is fairly close to 
the edges of the hole.

HTH, Dave in Fairfax
269918 Ed Minch <ruby1638@a...> 2020‑02‑08 Re: Making a dowel plate
Although Dave, I have driven square pieces through first at a large size, then
the right size.  Go for very straight grain and put a block of wood over the top
when you hit the blank.  Split is best, and it is fun to use a chisel as a froe
for smaller square blanks.

Ed Minch
269919 "Adrian Jones" <adrianjones747@c...> 2020‑02‑08 Re: Making a dowel plate
Dave, 
Great idea!

I think I have some lawn mower blades under a table in the woodshop - I will
have a look.

Meantime, I went ahead and ordered some mild steel from Amazon:

Bullseye Metals 3/8 .375 Steel Plate 4" x 8" x 3/8 Flat Bar Mild Steel

Cheers!

-----Original Message-----
From: OldTools [mailto:oldtools-bounces@
s...] On Behalf Of Dave
leader
Sent: Saturday, February 8, 2020 4:36 PM
To: Old Tools List
Subject: Re: [OldTools] Making a dowel plate

Adrian Jones wrote:

 > Hi folks,
What sort of steel should I get?
It would obviously need to be drillable - I have a drill press (and a 
small post drill).
 > Cheers!

Adrian,

Mine is a piece of old lawn mower blade. Works just fine and has for 
years. You're driving wood that's fairly closely sized through it so it 
isn't under a lot of stress if the support below it is fairly close to 
the edges of the hole.

HTH, Dave in Fairfax
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