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Forum topic by MrRon posted 10-25-2016 05:51 PM 870 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-25-2016 05:51 PM

The latest one-of-a-kind tool from Woodpecker is a machine that makes dowels.; cost….$399.95. The video of it shows a beautifully made tool (typical of all their tools). I’m guessing there must be a market for them despite their high cost. I don’t criticize the cost, as a lot of precision machining goes into it, but there are a lot cheaper ways to make a dowel. If someone was in the business of making furniture from many different woods, the cost of such a machine might be warranted. I just don’t see the average woodworker spending $400 to make a few dowels. The machine can make dowels from any wood, but there are places that sell dowels of different woods.If anyone has one of these machines, it would be interesting to hear their thoughts. I have not seen a review on this forum.


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#1 posted 10-25-2016 06:06 PM

I saw this. I could see some advantage in making your own. I am an hour away from a wood store, so if I need a dowel I don’t have it usually waits for at least the next weekend. I don’t do enough with dowels to justify this, but I could see how it would be worth it to some.

I have a woodpeckers layout tool and a 36”ruler. Very nice. Not the cheapest, but worth it over cheaper models IMO. The value I perceived out of the easy to read markings and additional flexibility the tools gave me was worth the extra. Not all of their offerings stack up as well for me.

Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#2 posted 10-25-2016 06:16 PM

I go to the store with a caliper and buy the size I want. Biggest problem I’ve seen isn’t dowels sized wrong but labeled wrong, metric dowels labeled as inch. Also a good idea to pick up some metric drill bits, they aren’t very expensive.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#3 posted 10-25-2016 07:26 PM

Old Stanly dowelmakers go for about $400. I think
they may have been a high end tool even when
made new.

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#4 posted 10-25-2016 07:36 PM

For the cost of this press, you can buy a good midi-lathe and make any size dowel you need from any type of wood.


I go to the store with a caliper and buy the size I want. Biggest problem I ve seen isn t dowels sized wrong but labeled wrong, metric dowels labeled as inch. Also a good idea to pick up some metric drill bits, they aren t very expensive.

- Rick M.

Biggest issue I’ve seen w/ big box store dowels is egg-shaping and inconsistent diameter down the entire length. Of course, a steel plate with the proper side hole and a mallet will fix those issues.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 10-25-2016 08:12 PM

They have a shop full of CNC equipment they need to keep fed so I don’t blame them for trying out new product ideas, but wow! $$$$

I agree there are plenty of alternatives to making your own dowels that are a lot cheaper, but this undoubtedly is the Festool of dowel shavers.

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#6 posted 10-25-2016 08:25 PM

Here’s a different but somewhat similar approach…for a similar price!

http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=42331&cat=1,180,42288

-- Mark, Overland Park, KS

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#7 posted 10-25-2016 08:28 PM



Here s a different but somewhat similar approach…for a similar price!

http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=42331&cat=1,180,42288

- feltonm

Yes!

But of course you are not limited to 6” and have to crank a screw 40 turns for each dowel you want to make….

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#8 posted 10-25-2016 09:45 PM



Biggest issue I ve seen w/ big box store dowels is egg-shaping and inconsistent diameter down the entire length.

- HokieKen

You know, I’ve never had those problems, but now it will happen the very next time I use dowels :)

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#9 posted 10-25-2016 10:54 PM

I bought one of their squares and love it. I’m going to buy the 12” square and that’s probably all I need. I’m pretty sure I could buy more dowels than I’ll ever need for that $399.95! You know that $399.95 would go a long way towards other stuff I need more.

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#10 posted 10-26-2016 01:17 PM

Rick M.,

Thanks! That is a great tip; buy some metric drill bits. I think you identified the problem I have encountered, dowels sold using imperial measurements but that do not fit quite right. The fit is off just enough to make me think the dowels I bought were metric rounded to imperial dimensions. While I rarely use dowels, mostly to pin a mortise and tenon joint, I would rather avoid the time required to reduce the diameter of a store bought dowel to fit into an undersized hole.

Therefore, I will buy a metric drill bit set and follow BurlyBob’s suggestion and buy the dowels I need. I agree with BurlyBob since I shy away from working with exotic hardwoods. A lot of dowels can be bought for $400. But then if I worked with exotics, I might consider the Woodpecker’s dowel maker. Woodpecker’s does seem to make quality tools.

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#11 posted 10-26-2016 01:55 PM

Made for “enthusiasts”?

-- Google first, search forums second, ask questions later.

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#12 posted 10-26-2016 08:40 PM

I’m surprised no one has invented compressed dowels, a little glue or moisture from the air and they will expand a bit and probably never come loose unless you move to a desert. And if you read this and invent them, I’d like a nice Christmas present once you make your first million.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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