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#1 posted 03-04-2007 08:00 PM

You are all correct. Flexing of thin stock and being limited to a dowel 36” in length are limiting factors. Personally, I haven’t found the need for a dowel longer than that. If you don’t own a lathe, then don’t buy one to turn dowels, for sure. The router bit setup or Obi’s suggestion would be the way to go. If you don’t own a lathe, router and router table or have the time or money to make your own, then just go to the local box,craft or hardware store and buy it. I’ve even been know to use a pecan or oak branch and a knife to take off the bark and shave it down to fit the hole I drilled instead of making a special trip to buy a dowel (this was done on a turned handle I made to replace a plastic one that had broken on a pot). It worked well and kinda gave it a antique look. So, do what works for you and enjoy your woodworking.

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