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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:46 pm 
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I like to accent my boxes with corner 'pins' rather than splines. 1/8" birch dowels are easy to buy, but smaller diameter is not available. To date, I use a metal drill gauge guide (the metal plate with all the drill holes in it) and pound a sliver of the wood I like through the hole size I want. Works ok, but wondering if anyone has tried to make small diameter pins?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:53 pm 
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AlanS,
Could you use a tooth pick?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:50 pm 
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Zulu wrote:
AlanS,
Could you use a tooth pick?
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I am looking to make pins from exotic woods...to highlight /contrast the body of the boxes. So, a toothpick would not be acceptable. Thanks anyway.


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ALAN S: I think your method of driving the rough pieces through a die is probably the best method you will find. Do I understand correctly that the pins will be driven into drilled holes in the face and sides of a corner or alternatively across the corner and through it to expose both ends? If that is the case, I wonder how much of the pin grain if any will be exposed. If only the contrast of wood color is desired then almost any species could be dyed to give a contrast or even expand the range of contrasting colors/tones. If a specific size is needed as a square or hex pin to drive into a bored hole, you could cut thin strips plane them to very rough size and then finish them with a scratch stock made to yield the correct size as either a square or hex shape. Doing this would make a long production run of pins all of the same shape and then cut to the appropriate length.
Your work sounds interesting, tell us more about it.

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