|Project by RJ2||posted 04-20-2016 01:45 PM||1463 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
Cutter bit in the plunge router. Can’t really call it a consumable because it does not seem to wear out. Place the stick in a square metal tube with welded pin in center, tap it . Puts a center point dimple for tail stock point. Other square end goes in welded up
Square stock centered in the ONEWAY chuck. Start lathe , slow speed , slide plunge router down the ramp , routers plunge lever pulled is at a setting which perfectly knocks off stick corners . Quick slide to other end knocking off corners , then pull lever and push router down to correct stop for 1” , slide back to other end and up the ramp to park router . Hit spinning dowell with sanding block ,
Crank tailstock back remove dowell , cut 3/4” sacrificial left over square part off . Little over minute and a half. One of the pics show my old set up on the Onsrud , worked well but wasn’t as quick and had to do an extra sanding process . 30 years ago the 36” red oak dowells were $1.90, now there pretty much up around the$ 6-7
. buck range. Real easy to save couple hundred
Bucks an hour.
This is my DOWELL MAKER , that actually works great. I have had many other systems to make my 1” red oak dowels , which I do 100’s at a time . From stick to finished smooth ready to thread is under 90 seconds. I use milling machine 4 flute
-- RJ, Tampa Fl, RJMETALWOODS.COM