Well I was so pleased with the previous dowel making activities and it was such a nice day I decided to continue and progress to some Big stock using my 3/4” round over bit.
Nothing much different to report on here than before, apart from the fact I need to mention that the blogs I read all seemed to use incremental cuts to produce the final result rather than just one run.
From my stock I found some Oregon a suitable size for experimenting on
That’s it with the pink primer on it in the center of the stockpile.
All the same tools as before were used, plus this time I rolled out the jointer.
I ripped the stock into three suitable pieces at 40mm.
Next I used the jointer to reduce both sides to 38.5mm x 38.5mm.
I then set up the router bit and
adjusted the fence ready to go
Using the same process as my previous blog I set to work.
I worked the timber through and stopped at the other end.
Then it was a matter of repeating the process on each side.
Once I had all sides done I was confident enough to hold the stock against the out feed fence and draw it through to see what sort of a result I would get.
The finish was OK so I repeated it on each end, this made the dowel length more useable and I didn’t need to cut off the ends later.
I then repeated the process on the other two lengths.
This is what I ended up with.
The same process again worked well for the larger stock, as it was Oregon I was able to radius each side in one pass, something possibly not achievable with a harder timber.
The overall result appeared to be better after Jointing the material, Meaning very little sanding this time.
Well that’s my curiosity satisfied, so it will be no more from me on the dowel subject
-- Regards Robert