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Ebony Dowel Pins / Rods

FWJ's picture

I'm nearing completion of an Arts & Crafts Side Table from FWW 186 by Kelly J Dunton.  I'm having difficulty in locating Ebony Dowel Pins which are used to pin the mortise and tennon joint for the legs.  Do any of you know of a source? 

Thank You!

Frank

davek's picture

Why not make your own? (post #170389, reply #1 of 14)

Why not make your own?

FWJ's picture

Its definitly a possibility (post #170389, reply #2 of 14)

Its definitly a possibility that I may undertake.  And probably learn something as well.

Thank you for your response!

Frank

Westchester's picture

Dowels (post #170389, reply #3 of 14)

Not sure what length you need but a plug cutter may help

SA

RalphBarker's picture

Rare plug cutters (post #170389, reply #5 of 14)

The plug cutters that make a square head on the pin are difficult to find, though.  ;-)

Westchester's picture

Square Pins ? (post #170389, reply #7 of 14)

Thought they meant round pins ?  Excuse the halfheimers -

SA

RalphBarker's picture

Round pins (post #170389, reply #9 of 14)

"Thought they meant round pins ?"

They did. I was making a joke about those "special" plug cutters that cut round pins with square heads.

Westchester's picture

Pins (post #170389, reply #10 of 14)

I know Ralph - you always make it fun;  but I was just trying to stay on posters question in case he thinks we've all gone crazy  -

Another post here talked about going to other forums ?  I looked at three or four of them.  One craftsperson was recommending 2 coats of poly to protect white liming wax - another recommended peel + stick veneer -  wasn't worth the trip to look over there -

 this site was always the best and even though most went over to the b%*(# - didn't want any poster to think the recommendations are off track by those hanging in -    I see Steve + Howie have been by a few times - maybe we're building members back - hopefully !

SA

sid works's picture

are you sure (post #170389, reply #8 of 14)

swenson's picture

Pen blanks (post #170389, reply #4 of 14)

I looked at pen turning blanks when I needed some Ebony for accents on table legs. I changed my mind and used African Blackwood pen blanks instead.  Turning blanks, pen or otherwise, look like a good source for small amounts of expensive wood.

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RalphBarker's picture

If you make your own (post #170389, reply #6 of 14)

I bought some pin stock from McKinney Hardwoods a while back:

http://www.mckinneyhardwoods.com/gabon_e...

He's not set up for Internet sales, but calling is easy enough.

roc's picture

Hey, I had this in the back of my mind (post #170389, reply #11 of 14)

And just ran across it looking for info for someone else here . . .

Bob Stocksdale made ebony plugs for Sam Maloof

Round, short  plugs

But what the heck, maybe Bob is able to send you what you want.  I have no idea how to contact him or any thing else.  I just heard Sam Maloof say he made plugs on Sam's video.

I have worked ebony on my metal lathe including threading it with machine thread.  It was fun to work.  Seriously; no problem.

That's all I got.

Good luck

roc

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Abraham Lincoln ( 54° shaves )

sid works's picture

do you want ceylon (post #170389, reply #12 of 14)

or gaboon? also have macassar and jamaican(cocus)

I don't think that Bob is going to send anybody anything. Sam joined him not to long ago.

ron

FWJ's picture

Ebony Dowel Pin / Rod (post #170389, reply #13 of 14)

Thanks once again!  I was just looking to get a very small amount to pin mortice and tenon joint on a small table legs I've got nearly complete.  I'm going to contact Mckinney Hardwoods and see what is available from them.  If they don't have anything, I'm sure I can find something at the Woodsmith Store up in Des Moines.

Appreciate your help!

Frank

roc's picture

Ooops (post #170389, reply #14 of 14)

Sid,

I didn't know that Bob wasn't around any longer ( obviously).

I should have put more attention into my post.  It was kind of an after thought.

roc

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Abraham Lincoln ( 54° shaves )