how to notch a piece of wood to hold a dowel while cutting it

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12-13-2007 05:02 AM

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Hi Guys,

I want to cut a V shaped notch in a piece of wood and use it to hold a dowel while I cut it shorter. I was planning to do it on my table saw since I don’t have a router bit big enough to do the job. But, I have not found a comfortable way to do it. Fear that the block of would will go flying has stopped me in my tracks. Can someone please talk me through a safe way to do this. If you give me your phone number I will be happy to call you.

Thanks in advance and have a great evening.

-- Bob Lance, DE

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#1 posted 12-13-2007 05:23 AM

Hi Lance,

Do you have a hand saw? A saw and a bench hook would solve your problem and be a hell of a lot safer than cutting small parts on the tablesaw.

Take a look at this post to see what I mean:

You can also cut them on the tablesaw with a cross cut sled.

Another option would be to use double stick tape on a sacrifical fence on your miter gauge. Stick the dowel to the tape and then cut it. Both pieces will remain stuck to the tape.

The double stick tape would work on the crosscut sled as well.

Just some ideas on how to control your cut off piece.


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#2 posted 12-13-2007 05:33 AM

Hi Tom,

Ok, I will put some tape on my sled and away I will go. Simple is always better. Thanks again for coming to my rescue. I have a Japanese saw, but I was afraid I wouldn’t cut it even.

-- Bob Lance, DE

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#3 posted 12-13-2007 06:09 AM

Lance I’ve run a saw cud, full length on a piece of wood. The dowel sits in the grove that you cut and you use your Japanese saw to cut them to length.

Put the block of wood in your vise to hold it. as you saw away. Kind of like an old miter box where you cut your trim.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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