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Old 12-05-2016, 12:48 PM   #1
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Default Modular Base board Alignment

I'm about to add two small extension baseboards to my current layout. I intend to use some of these to ensure accurate alignment but not sure how to fit them. I've searched you tube unsuccessfully for a helpful video. Can anyone point me to a useful one please as I'm probably using the wrong search words LOL!
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You drill a hole and knock them in, getting them lined up requires another tool, it has a point and fits in one of the bored holes when you move the 2 section together it marks the center of the second hole...

http://www.dm-tools.co.uk/product.ph...Q#.VzRwUIQrJaQ
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Clamp the two boards together in the right place. Drill a small hole in the centre of where you want the dowels to go (in the framing), right through one and into the other. This small hole, say 3mm or 1/8", marks the centres for both halves of each dowel. Separate the boards and drill the correct size hole for the dowels using the small holes to centre the drill.
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So the large hole to take the dowel doesn't go right through the frame?
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Not unless you've got thin framing.
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I use those as well but all I did was clamp the boards together, correctly aligned of course, and drill an 8mm hole right the way through. The assembled dowel can the be driven in from one side with a hammer. I added a bit of PVA to the grooves in the dowel just to hold it all in place in the frames.
The dowels are both the same diameter, apart from the domed male part and by doing it this way the holes are guaranteed to line up.
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I use those as well but all I did was clamp the boards together, correctly aligned of course, and drill an 8mm hole right the way through. The assembled dowel can the be driven in from one side with a hammer. I added a bit of PVA to the grooves in the dowel just to hold it all in place in the frames.
The dowels are both the same diameter, apart from the domed male part and by doing it this way the holes are guaranteed to line up.
That's what I wondered, seems easier than messing about with 2 drills where you could get a misalignment. Thanks Steve
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Hi TWD,
Does this help?
http://www.stationroadbaseboards.co.uk/cart_dowels.htm

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That's what I wondered, seems easier than messing about with 2 drills where you could get a misalignment. Thanks Steve
If in doubt, try it on a couple of off cuts but without the glue.
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Yeah, already read that Ted thanks. I just wanted to see it done .

The only question I have now is: if these are brass you can't go hammering them away with a steel hammer or they will surely mis-shapen? I would use either a wooden mallet or a block of wood in front of the hammer.
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