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I wanted to build a table for a new computer but I am not in my garage to do that, so I decided to use dowel joints for this purposes. Without the right tools, I made some of them to reach my goal.

The table isn't finished yet but, in the pictures you can see my non conventional tools.
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Alexis, it took me a couple of views to understand what you have done here. If I've guessed right, you've made 3- clamps; each using a pair all-thread rods and passing through a pair of identically drilled boards. Tightening the nuts retracts the rods into their respective load spreaders (boards) to provide a clamping action. This is a clever adaptation to produce a purpose-built clamp. I use a lot of things similar to this in my work and often use "pass-through" knobs instead of nuts - in this way wrenches become unnecessary. Also, I have a set of wrenches which are driven by ratchets that allow a rod to pass-thru, they are perfect for use in all-thread rod situations. They're made by Gear-Wrench.

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Also the "dowel jig".........thinking outside the box.....great

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Hi

I like it, using what you have at hand ,a small size Rope also works well with a stick that you can wind up and lock it in place.


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I wanted to build a table for a new computer but I am not in my garage to do that, so I decided to use dowel joints for this purposes. Without the right tools, I made some of them to reach my goal.

The table isn't finished yet but, in the pictures you can see my non conventional tools.



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Hi, Otis.

You are right, my friend. I forgot to include a short description in each picture. As I wrote, I'm not in my garage where I have all the necessary tools to do this job, so I tried some tricky ways to accomplish it.

First, (pictures 1 and 2) I made a marking tool using a C clamp, a nail and two scrap pieces to draw the line to place the dowels.

Secondly, I removed the stems from the aluminium rivets and replaced them for nails to use the rivets as a dowels centers. (pictures 3 to 6)

Finally, to put all the pieces together, I used threaded bars as clamping tools. At home I use wooden knobs, copied from somebody in this forum, to delete the hex wrenches.

First, (pictures 1 and 2) I made a marking tool using a C clamp, a nail and two scrap pieces to draw the line to place the dowels.

Secondly, I removed the stems from the aluminium rivets and replaced them for nails to use the rivets as a dowel centers. (pictures 3 to 6)

Finally, to put all the pieces together, I used threades bars as clampling tools. At home I use wooden knobs, copied from somebody in this forum, to delete the hex wrenches.

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Hi, James.

Thank you for your comments. I am sure you will do it better.

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Hi Alexis,

Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention!

You needed tools and you invented tools with your imagination and the resources on hand.
That is why we have most of the things that the human race has today ..... LIKE ROUTERS!

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I forgot to metion another non-conventional tool. May be all of you have one of them. You can't drive a nail, cut a piece of wood or, even put it the tool box. Nevertheless, it has become a dependable thing: a camera!!!

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I like it, using what you have at hand ,a small size Rope also works well with a stick that you can wind up and lock it in place.


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Hi, Bobj3.

Thanks a lot for your comment.
I copied the wooden knobs from a post that you wrote in this forum. Soon I'll show something I'm preparing, inspired in another one.

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You're a clever man, Alexis. I really liked your dowel centering rig. I never would have thought to use pop rivets.

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