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#1 posted 06-15-2012 07:34 AM

The easiest way would be to route the center out using two 1×2s and a half-inch cove bit routing down the center line. Then glue the two 1×2s together and turn them on a lathe. But i understand your comments on the grain.

My next trick would be to set up your drill press carefully with a tall fence. Using a half-inch brad-point bit, drill down as far as you can. This should take you down about 5 inches or so. If you can find a longer brad-point bit, use that.

Now unclamp the dowel and turn it end for end. Drill down from that end.

That should bring the two holes within an inch or two of meeting, depending on the length of the bit. Now, using a long half-inch spade bit or auger bit, connect the two holes.

I think that should work for you. Good luck.


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