Thursday, June 23, 2011
After a long and grueling couple of months of working out of town, I am finally back home where I can get back to carving. I hope that everyone hasn't given up on The Old Stump completely. I really do appreciate all of the support that you have given to my blog. Here's a little gadget that you might find useful. I call it a "Centering Pin".
It doesn't look like much I know. In fact, all it really is is the tip of a small finishing nail snipped off and sharpened at both ends poked through a tiny piece of sheet copper and a drop of solder to keep it in place. This is how it works.
Here I have a carving that I need to mount to its base. I take a centering pin and stab one end into each of the points where I will be putting a dowel that will attach the carving to the base.
Now I position my carving on the base the way that I want it to be and push down.
After lifting up, I have three little holes positioned exactly where I want them. Now, all that I have to do is drill the appropriate size holes using the small holes made by the centering pins as pilot holes, insert my dowels and some glue, and I have my carving mounted exactly where I want it.
A simple, yet effective solution when it comes to lining up dowel holes. It also works great when attaching add-ons to your carvings too. The piece of copper keeps the brad from going too far into one side and makes it easy to remove.