|Project by LJackson||posted 01-18-2015 01:35 AM||1581 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
Surely I’m not the only one with this problem. Commiserate with me. I watch thousands of hours of woodworking videos, and say “Hey, I can do that. That looks easy!” Er, no. Today I present the tale of the dowel maker that never was. Never was adequate, that is.For reference, here are the inspiration videos:
After numerous attempts, I have given up. Unlike these videos, the wood has always wobbled way too much in my drill that it either falls out or breaks off in the chuck. Further, I have to put all of my weight into it with the hole pointing down. The resulting wood is not just rough, it’s so munged up that to sand it even will loose a significant portion of the size.
“But wait!” your saying, “What the heck is that thing in the photo?” Well, it is my attempt at eliminating the wobble. You put a piece of square stock into the hole, and chuck it up in a drill. Long story short, it didn’t eliminate it. The resulting dowel is still pretty crappy for what I want. Unlike the videos, the wood isn’t being shaved off, but just curling up.
I don’t know what I’ve done wrong. Maybe it’s the species, Maybe it’s the steel. Maybe it’s the diameter I’m trying to achieve. Stay tuned for my next post, which will likely be a review of the Veritas Dowel Maker, or something similar.