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Project by RJ2 posted 04-20-2016 01:45 PM 2055 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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


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#1 posted 04-20-2016 02:05 PM

Very interesting, nice job. Seems you make a lot of dowels.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 04-20-2016 02:36 PM

What do you use your threaded dowels for? Always looking for new ideas for using them. I’ve seen your door projects that use them but it seems like that wouldn’t be the bulk of it. Thanks in advance.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#3 posted 04-20-2016 09:24 PM

I have been thinking of using a threaded dowel for a leg vise, ... but by the time you buy the Beall thread maker and the bit … well you might as well buy an Acme rod and nut …
Do you sell these? seems if you make a few hundred, they are not for hobby projects …

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#4 posted 04-21-2016 01:19 PM

It’s a very nice jig. You did a fine job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 04-21-2016 02:55 PM

. Posted this because , with dowell rod the suppliers would have came in
All different diameter fluctuations . If they were 1” “heavy ”, which they do very easily when coming into central Florida ( they swell from humidity . ) my threading machines are not flexible on diameter heavy , got tired of putting them in a kiln to get them back down for threading. Also had many custom orders for different exotics . All the different ways to spin your sticks through
Oriented holes where the wood hits a scraper blade plane type blades , are labor intensive , constantly adjusting , sharpening, sanding, even your Veritas,etc hard to set up accurate , dull out , slow, . This set up , the router bits last and last . Pop a new bit in, set bit down on pre finished rod and lock in , done. Never have to take out the mic. I supply my own needs and have basically been retired for 15 years . But have found that nowadays I no time to do anything .


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