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Hi!  If I need a bunch of dowels the same length, I tape 3 or 4 together and cut them with my scroll saw.  A lot quicker than one at a time.


What do you do if you need 100? 200?

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This is a great discussion...first I should introduce myself as Therese and new to toy making plans and I LOVE what I have found.  So far I have only completed one of the patterns and it was the Bunny Pals and I am now working on another.  Cynthia and John have been a great help to me as a newbie and I really appreciate it.
Anyway...while trying to make some hitches for the easter egg train...I ran into some safety issues and so put some thought to it.  Recently I made this clamp...see photo...and so was able to clamp the piece of dowel into it and then cut it into the shape needed for the hitch.  It sure helped and made me feel a lot safer.
A lot of the ideas here will be helpful in the future.  Never thought much about cutting dowels until now.....thanks for all or your input.  I love seeing how creative folks manage anything that presents itself as a "problem".  It's just another fun thing to solve.

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That's a great idea Therese! Looks like your clamping results in a perfectly accurate hitch. Thanks for sharing.

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I had to study your photo for awhile before I understood what you were doing. A small hand screw clamp works quite well for this. Four inch is the size I like though they are sometimes hard to find. I have a box full of clamps similar to yours I made years ago for glueing up blocks of wood to make Norm Marshall trucks.

When cutting very small parts a zero clearance insert made from blue tape is very helpful. It keeps the tiny part from falling through the hole.

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Very nice jig Therese, I can see using this type of holding jig at times. Goodness knows I should have the misc. pieces as pictured available.
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I agree with tape them together and use the scroll saw. Works every time and is always ready to go.
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Thanks for the replies.  It is really nice to have a place to bounce ideas around...always something to learn.  That "jig"/clamp
plans are on Steve Goods website for free if anyone is interested.
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I agree with tape them together and use the scroll saw. Works every time and is always ready to go.
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Tape seems like a good way to keep them bouncing around.  Will have to check it out.  I also clamped them and cut with my dremel against a piece of sacrificial wood.
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tmrudy, I had to study your photo for awhile before I understood what you were doing. A small hand screw clamp works quite well for this. Four inch is the size I like though they are sometimes hard to find. I have a box full of clamps similar to yours I made years ago for glueing up blocks of wood to make Norm Marshall trucks. When cutting very small parts a zero clearance insert made from blue tape is very helpful. It keeps the tiny part from falling through the hole.
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thanks BadBob...any chance of posting that clamp you are talking about ... I can then keep my eyes peeled for one.  Appreciate your response.
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That's a great idea Therese! Looks like your clamping results in a perfectly accurate hitch. Thanks for sharing.

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Cynthia...the hitches did look good but I have to admit I had some issues getting the hole the right depth and all of that...I saw some of the other toys have a hitch that is actually cut in with the toy...I think I will like those.  Thanks for all of your help.
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thanks BadBob...any chance of posting that clamp you are talking about ... I can then keep my eyes peeled for one.  Appreciate your response.


https://www.amazon.com/Grizzly-G8062-4

I got mine at harbor freight but they no longer carry this size.

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