Dowel making... it works at least! Thanks a lot yuridichesky you made my day!

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Project by TOPO posted 507 days ago 3391 views 13 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey, yesterday when looking at the last entry blog made by yuridichesky here , I saw that he was experiencing the same issue as I did in the past. Both systems described there where not working for me. Using the one from made the dowels split badly (probably my fault in selecting the wood) and the one using overlapped holes got issues too as I was unable to laid them correctly.
Then I saw the post from yuridichesky …and light at the end of the tunnel! I even tried to make it more simple, and after 45ยบ chamfering the hole up to 4mm depth, I cut 8 slots using an angle grinder up to 5mm dept. Fairly simple :-)
worked like a charm, so I decided to post a video :

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Sorry for the bad quality…. I am using a very old digital camera to capture the video.

Good news is that after a bit of sanding, dowels are consitently between 9.8 and 9.9 milimeter, that was exactly what I was aiming to have! My rythm was from raw lumber to 50cm length of dowel in 6 minutes :-)

Many thanks yuridichesky! and best regards to all lumberjocks!


-- El Topo, Madrid (Spain)

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#1 posted 507 days ago

Esto tengo que probarlo…

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#2 posted 507 days ago


-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - -

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#3 posted 507 days ago

Here is a much faster way:

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 507 days ago

Here’s another way!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#5 posted 506 days ago

I tried making maple dowels using another technique without the success you had.

But may I make a suggestion. As you start to see in the video, as you get more than 1/2 way through, the now unsupported end that you started with starts to whip around side to side as it turns, which not only is a hazard in of itself, but it starts to allow the wood going through the die to start going oval as it is now pulling more in the direction the far end is whipping.

I placed a length of 3/4” PVC water pipe that was a bit longer than the blank, (and slightly larger than the dowel’s ultimate diameter) at the back side of the die sitting on some scraps and clamped to the bench. The dowel whipping side to side was kept in check as it was directed into the length of the pipe. Easy to setup and take down.


-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#6 posted 505 days ago

Woodstock, good point, you have to stay straight if you want to stay round.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#7 posted 477 days ago

Genius! Great idea.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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