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Forum topic by Carloz posted 10-17-2016 02:16 PM 512 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2016 02:16 PM

I see these ridiculously overpriced gadgets very often on youtube when someone has to hang a red Woodpecker thingy in the view of the camera. Like in 80s it was a trend to have a personal computer in the background.
The new offering I just got an email about is the most ridiculous yet.
For an easy payment of $399 you get a pasta machine…. err…. One time dowel press.

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#1 posted 10-17-2016 02:34 PM

I was thinking, WOW I can buy a lifetime supply a dowels for $400!!!
But then it hit me there may be some that use that many dowels and need them in some special wood that you just can’t buy so for some maybe it would be useful but like you ain’t going in my shop.

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#2 posted 10-17-2016 02:50 PM

What is wrong with a hole in a piece of metal ? You can make one on the spot and it will work arguably better.

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#3 posted 10-17-2016 04:47 PM

I almost bought one. Commercially-made dowels are inexpensive but they vary in thickness quite a bit. I spend a lot of time sanding dowels that are too big for the holes I drill.

Ultimately, I just got the Lie Nielsen dowel plate. That should suffice to shave the dowels down to the appropriate diameter.

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#4 posted 10-17-2016 05:13 PM

Oh sure, but can it peel and core an apple???

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#5 posted 10-17-2016 07:32 PM

Some folks probably need that dowel press to go with their $600 doweling jig.

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