Archive for February, 2011

Crafting a Thread Spool Holder Using Dowel

Dowels are a useful tool for woodworking projects. But they are versatile enough to be used for other purposes, too. Together, this relatively inexpensive supply and your woodworking talent can be used to make projects that extend to other hobbies. For instance, consider using a dowel to craft a thread spool holder. Easy access to and storage for your threads is only a dowel rod and a few easy steps away from possible.

1. Using a dowel of 1/8 inch diameter and approximately 48 inches long, measure three inch lengths with a tape measure, carefully marking each section. Consider more or less dowel length depending upon the size of the spool holder you wish to make, the number of spool holders you wish to make, or the amount of thread you have to store.

2. Cut the sections using a saw.

3. Use sandpaper to carefully smooth the edges of each section cut.

4. Depending upon the number of dowel pegs you wish to use, approximate and secure the size of the wood that you will use as the holder’s base. Bear in mind that it is best to allow at least two inches between dowel pegs to accommodate various thread spool sizes, as well as to allow for a thickness that will accommodate the three inch dowel pegs, as they will be inserted into the base later in the project.

5. Prepare the wood for drilling by marking it where the dowel pegs will be inserted. Leave a one inch margin between the outer edges of the wood and the first mark of each row. Then, continue by marking the wood in two inch increments, side to side and front to back.

6. Using a 1/8 inch bit, drill a depth of about 3/4 inch into each mark made into the wood.

7. Drop some wood glue into each drilled hole.

8. Insert a single wood dowel peg into each hole, and allow some time for the glue to dry.

9. If you so desire, paint the thread spool holder to add color to it, or to complement a sewing or crafting room or space. If you choose to paint the thread spool holder, allow ample time for drying before placing spools of thread on the dowel pegs.

With a little imagination, the versatility of a quality hardwood dowel extends beyond the norm of woodworking projects and can be creatively used to simplify and organize within other hobbies as well.

About the Author: Dave Murphy is the founder and president of Good Wood, Inc., which makes a high quality wood dowel and the best hardwood dowel on the market. They also create wooden balls, wood knobs, wooden toy parts, custom wood parts, and more. They offer safe wood finishing, wood turning and can import from off-shore when necessary. Visit http://www.goodwoodinc.com for all of your wood product needs.

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Dowel Use for Closet Organization

Spring is just around the corner, and that means spring cleaning is, too! Frequently, closets are the catch-all for excess and general disorganization. Conveniently, they hide items from view, except to the one whose items are kept there. To them, the mere knowledge of a disorganized closet is often a source of frustration. Take control of your closet calamities! These are just a few ideas about how you can use perhaps the simplest of woodworking materials, a wooden dowel, to improve and better organize closets.

Carefully examine the articles of clothing, including shirts, blazers, pants, skirts, dresses, and jackets, and shoes within closets. Donate or give away clothing that no longer fits or clothing which hasn’t been worn in at least two years. This step alone will free up much needed closet space and will contribute to the overall organization of your closets.

Once some added space has been gained through purging, use basic woodworking skills and supplies to construct simple items to better organize your closets. For instance, construct a shoe rack to have a suitable place for shoe storage, creating both easy access and floor space in your closet.

Often times, there is considerable space between the bottom of hanging clothes and the closet floor. This is especially true of closets which may contain extra small adult clothing or clothing for young children. Take advantage of this extra space by mounting a sturdy wood dowel of appropriate length to the inner walls of the closet and instantly double your hanging capacity.

Depending upon the size of the closets you may be organizing, consider mounting several steadily supported dowel rods for extra storage. Make use of these dowels in a bedroom closet, and free up hangers for other use, by draping permanent press pants over them. Or, use them in a linen closet for additional storage of bath towels, hand towels or washcloths. Several smaller dowels may be mounted to hold lighter items, such as ties, belts or suspenders.

If your laundry room is small, perhaps not exceeding the dimensions of a small closet, consider using the space above your washer and dryer for additional storage. Add a hefty wood dowel for storage of hanging items which have recently been removed from the dryer or have been ironed. If space permits, consider using wood dowels to construct a simple, but useful drying rack for items which are damp or for delicates which require air drying.

In the absence of a filing cabinet or other commonly used filing system, paperwork sometimes spills over into closets. Consider adapting the storage shelves frequently found at the top of closets by using small wooden dowels. Depending upon the bulk of the files you will be storing, determine the appropriate dowel dimensions you will need, as well as the appropriate width between them. Then, align and secure two dowels depth-wise onto the closet shelf. File your important papers according to subject matter by using standard file folders, using the closet dowels as both file support and separators.

Finally, when your closet organization efforts are complete, consider using wooden dowels to replace outdated or damaged closet doors. Use fashionable drapes or a bulky material to accent room decor and also chicly disguise your closets or other storage spaces.

With a little ingenuity, there are many ways to organize your closets using hardwood dowel. Use this simple woodworking supply to transform and better organize your home.

About the Author: Dave Murphy is the founder and president of Good Wood, Inc., which makes a high quality wood dowel and the best hardwood dowel on the market. They also create wooden balls, wood knobs, wooden toy parts, custom wood parts, and more. They offer safe wood finishing, wood turning and can import from off-shore when necessary. Visit http://www.goodwoodinc.com for all of your wood product needs.

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Creating a Dowel Pin

The uses of dowel rods for woodworking and crafting are numerous. However, dowels are also quite versatile in and of themselves. Consider dowel joinery. This is the process whereby a standard dowel may be used to join pieces of wood used in projects. A simple dowel can be used to create the pins necessary for dowel joinery. This is quite advantageous for several reasons. First, using a dowel to create the pins necessary for joinery may lessen the overall amount of money invested in woodworking projects by replacing more modern, and perhaps more costly, methods of securing wood pieces, such as screws, nails, or hinges. Second, doing so also further facilitates gains in woodworking experience and skills as the woodworker makes the dowel pins needed to complete the joints. Finally, a woodworker who crafts and utilizes dowel pins for joinery creates a project made only of natural and organic elements, staying truer to the art of woodworking.

Creating a dowel pin is rather simple to accomplish, requiring very little woodworking tools or overall expertise. Create a dowel pin of your own using the following steps:

1. Select the wood dowel from which you would like to make the dowel pin.

2. Gauge the dimensions you will need for the joint, then use a pencil to mark one end of the dowel according to those dimensions.

3. Cut the dowel through at the inscribed mark using a saw with a fine blade.

4. Insert either end of the unfinished pin into a manual pencil sharpener until the dowel is chamfered. Repeat this process with the other end of the dowel.

5. For easier insertion into the applicable joint, consider using sandpaper to slightly round the ends of the dowel pin.

6. Use a pair of pliers to slightly etch the dowel pins. The etching will better hold wood glue, which will help to strengthen the wood joint.

7. Apply wood glue into the crevices of the dowel pin.

8. Carefully insert the dowel pin into the hole of the joint and secure it into place using a mallet.

Using a hardwood dowel can yield many creative woodworking projects, many of which can be made quite simply and inexpensively. Because they can be used interchangeably, whether as a part of a project itself or as a part of its joinery, they are even more valuable. Multipurpose and functionality make a sometimes underestimated hardwood dowel a fantastic tool for any number of woodworking projects!

About the Author: Dave Murphy is the founder and president of Good Wood, Inc., which makes a high quality wood dowel and the best hardwood dowel on the market. They also create wooden balls, wood knobs, wooden toy parts, custom wood parts, and more. They offer safe wood finishing, wood turning and can import from off-shore when necessary. Visit http://www.goodwoodinc.com for all of your wood product needs.

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