|Review by mole||posted 05-21-2010 11:01 PM||5677 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
I was looking for some solutions to make my own dowels so I can use them in some joineries and wood threading task. So far, some of the solutions that I found are.. wood turning, rotary plane (commercial or hand made). dowel/tenon cutters. I have tried a simple wood turning method (using electric power drill) which result in acceptable dowels (may be it will be perfect if I have a real (metal?) lathe. Anyway, using turning method, it takes quite some time for me, so here comes the Veritas dowel/tenon cutters.
First of all, the cutter (lower left, in the bottom, in the picture) is .. like a fat industrial-grade heavy-weight pencil sharpener :)) The blade is supplied with a 30° bevel ground in a 7” radius. It is very simple to use, first you read Veritas’s user manual :} ,set up the cutting blade properly, prepare a long piece of wood with its size a little larger (1/8”) than the target dowel size. May be chamfer the square wood a little bit, then you drive the wood through the cutter using some kind of forces (electric powered drill, hand drill). With proper speed ,torque power, driving alighment, sharp blade (I didn’t sharpen the blade yet), proper blade setting (test the setting before real dowel production), then you will get a nice dowel rod. I’m not sure, but in my case, there are some spiral blade mark on the dowel rod (looks like I make a very shallow thread pattern). May be it is caused by the blade setting, or the driving method that I use (turtle speed via man power + high torque using bit brace). Hence, you may like to sand the dowel rod a little bit..
For the result (in the piccy): I use the 1/2” cutter to make the 3 long dowel rods in the middle. The dark brown rod is not a real wood, it is wood plastic composite (WPC) though. I’m going to use them in wood threading (making some wooden screw,..etc). You will see the spiral blade mark on the long brown rod, nooo it is not created by wood threading like the two short brown threaded rods next to it. The 2 white dowel rods look quite nice, after I sand them a little bit. The 3 fluted dowels in the upper right corner are made by 3/8” cutter with the flute former plate.
The Veritas cutters do help me produce my dowel rod easily in short period of time. Eventhough it has been made for using with power drill, but, I prefer to use it with my bit brace :P The design of the body does include reference stops to help with alignment when you clamp the cutter on to your vise. I didn’t make any outfeed support/guide block yet since I don’t have a longer wood piece to play with at the moment, and I prefer to use the cutter vertically due to the use of bit brace.
Additional driving accessories: Four-sided square sockets are very helpful in driving wood piece through the cutter. You may need to get the 1/4 hex shank socket adapter if you are going to use power drill,
or brace driver adapter (about 3/8” shank) for 3/8 socket if you will use bit brace.