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Forum topic by danriffle posted 02-26-2016 07:51 PM 627 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2016 07:51 PM

Is anyone aware of a source for 1 1/2” hardwood dowel (sometimes sold as closet rod). I would like to find it in hardwoods—walnut, cherry, maple or poplar.

I tried the common vendors—Rockler, woodcraft, etc., but can’t seem to find more than 1 1/4”


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#1 posted 02-26-2016 07:55 PM

good luck on your search dan, i use to have some oak dowels in that size that i used for closet rod. I have searched high and low recently with no luck except for these.

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#2 posted 02-26-2016 08:03 PM

If you have a lathe turn your own. Most dowels when purchased are undersize same as most ply wood. This way you can get it exact. depending on the length, may need to use a stabilizer mid point of the turning. I have had to do this especially for hardwoods.

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#3 posted 02-26-2016 08:16 PM

Mike, you might try Chicago Dowel, Cincinnati Dowel or H.A.Stiles Co.

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#4 posted 02-26-2016 08:59 PM

When I worked at the big orange box we sold oak dowels in 3’ lengths. It was back in the molding aisle

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#5 posted 02-26-2016 09:14 PM

Baird Brothers

They stock several species, ship everywhere.

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#6 posted 02-26-2016 09:18 PM

1.5 inch Maple at Woodcraft
1.5 inch Birch at Woodworkers Source
1.5 inch Exotics at BellForrest
1.5 inch Northern Hardwood (Maple/Birch/Ash) at
1.5 inch dowels at C.R. Laurance Co. (Ash, Cherry, Mahogany, Maple, Red and White oak, Poplar, Walnut)

Lots more that a quick google search turns up..


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#7 posted 02-26-2016 10:28 PM

Some broom handles are 1.1/2” Maple ,that might help .

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#8 posted 02-26-2016 10:45 PM

I make dowels with a router. I do not know if there is a router bit to make 1 1/2” dowels though. I bet there is.

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#9 posted 02-26-2016 11:53 PM

Thanks, guys! You are awesome!

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#10 posted 02-26-2016 11:54 PM

Lowes has it here sometimes. Memphis area.

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#11 posted 02-27-2016 01:15 AM

You can make those easily on the router table IF you have a 3/4” roundover bit.

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#12 posted 02-28-2016 02:53 AM

Ya beat me to it, gf!

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