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02-07-2010 04:58 PM

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Does anybody know of a source for exotic dowels? I’ve found this one place, but not sure about them- they don’t actually have any sort of order form:

Any online sources would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

-- John

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#1 posted 02-07-2010 05:16 PM

WoodWorker Source carrys them.


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#2 posted 02-07-2010 07:05 PM

I get most of my wood from St. Charles Hardwoods here in St. Louis. They do have a selection of exotic dowels, but none listed on their site. I bought some a few years ago to make some wands :)
They didn’t have a huge selection, but they did have wood like Purple Heart etc.

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#3 posted 02-07-2010 07:54 PM

THIS is what you need.

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#4 posted 02-08-2010 10:00 PM

Actually we (Woodworkers Source) do have dowel rods but nothing exotic beyond mahogany.

John, any particular wood type that you need in dowel form? I can imagine that the novelty of making your own dowels wears away quickly, but that may be your only real choice if ‘dowels on demand’ doesn’t pan out for you.

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#5 posted 02-08-2010 10:09 PM

Thanks for all of the replies!

Mark- So far I’m looking for Walnut (easy enough to find), Purpleheart, Zebrawood, and Bloodwood but that list will probably double over the next couple of months. Gonna give Dowels on Demand a shot I think. I’ll give an update afterwards :)

-- John

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#6 posted 01-27-2011 08:24 PM

Hi John. We make exotic wood dowels in 1”, 1-3/16”, 1-3/8”, 1-3/4”, and 2” diameters

The 1-3/8” are available online: 1-3/8 Exotic Wood Dowels

So are the 1” diameter: 1 Exotic Wood Dowels

The other diameters are custom order and available in certain species. Thank you

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#7 posted 03-11-2017 03:48 AM

Dowels on Demand

Should be called “No dowels on demand.” I ordered a single dowel from this guy. Doesn’t really have an ordering process, just e-mail.

He responded, accepted the order, and then radio silence. Two weeks passed, I sent a follow up. No reply. Another 2 weeks, another follow-up. No reply. Another week, another follow up, and guess what? Yup – no reply.

The website has an extensive list of hard-to-obtain woods, but I suspect this guy’s “inventory” is mostly in the form of trees,growing in a forest on some distant continent, that just MIGHT be harvested someday.

Don’t waste your time. Zero stars out of ten.

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#8 posted 03-12-2017 03:06 AM

You never said what you needed them for. Unless your making little cages for stuffed animals out of exotic wood and need the dowels visible using them for glueing joints is a waste. If your plugging holes why not just make you own plugs with plug cutters and the scrap wood from your project?

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