Skinny pins in a contrasting wooden are a pleasant solution to lock joinery and add an ornamental contact to small tasks. However turning a 1/8-in.-dia. pin is troublesome. It’s attainable, although, to adapt a carpenter-pencil sharpener to show a skinny dowel. I used a rotary device to chop off the top of my sharpener, so the dowel might push by, and trimmed the slicing blade (with out eradicating it from the sharpener) to create the diameter I needed. To make use of the improvised dowel jig, I rip sq. inventory about 12 in. lengthy on the tablesaw, whittle the top so I can maintain it in my cordless drill, and run it slowly by the sharpener, which I merely maintain in my hand. If want be, you possibly can spin the pins in opposition to sandpaper to easy them and dial within the diameter.
—STEPHEN ZERWAS, Summerfield, N.C.
Illustrations by Dan Thornton
From Wonderful Woodworking difficulty #287