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Forum topic by okwoodshop posted 01-18-2011 01:09 AM 14493 views 3 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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okwoodshop

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01-18-2011 01:09 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question humor jig

Okay. I want a wood dowel maker that is electric,able to cut different sized dowels with a small amount of resetting or changing of cutters. With a dust collection port for a shop vac. something like an electric pencil sharpener on steroids. It should cost under 150 bucks. And while were at it make it blue to LOL. All you smart guys here is your chance to make it rich. Well, get to work.


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Karson

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#1 posted 01-18-2011 03:10 AM

You want a Stanley #77 Dowel Maker

I almost bought one of these when they were being sold by Stanley, but I didn’t Good luck in your search.

Also available is the Veratas

And the Dowel Plate

I’ve got the Veratas Dowel maker The Master Kit.

It is a little touchy making dowels. The grain has to be nice and straight. With any kind of cross grain the rod blows apart because of the torque on the drive end and the friction on the cutting end. But I’ve made a bunch of dowels for toy making.

A couple hundred feet of 1/4” Sapele dowels and the same in Walnut. Also made some Holly dowels and some misc ones for other needs.

On the sapele I have someone cut a bunch of 3/8” square rods and then get busy cutting. If they blow then throw the stock away and keep going.

I’ve made some limited dowel rods in Blackwood for hinge pins is a shaker cabinet that I made that couldn’t used glue, screws or nails. So everything was using joints to hold the cabinet tobether. It’s posted in my projects. My blog show the drill plate to make the blackwood rods. I started at the large holes and moved down to the next small hole. The bur on the upside of the plate was left after the hole was drilled.



-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#2 posted 01-18-2011 09:20 AM

Looks like some of the parameters are going to have to give a little :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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okwoodshop

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#3 posted 01-18-2011 06:01 PM

I like the stanley #77 with an electric motor. The blades should turn and not the stock. The pencil sharpener type cutters with a hole all the way thru look perfect to me. maybe adjust one end to get different sizes.Wish I had some metal working experience I think I could make one.

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David Craig

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#4 posted 01-18-2011 09:19 PM

Actually, if one has disposable income, there is a nice model on ebay right now. Out of my price range, but looks to be in great condition -

http://cgi.ebay.com/Stanley-No-77-Dowell-Maker-/150530031928?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item230c4a0138

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#5 posted 01-19-2011 12:03 AM

I should point out that the Veritas dowel maker referenced above is sort of an electric dowel maker.

I say this because you clamp the dowel maker in a vice and use a drill with a square socket to power the wood through the dowel maker. The drill is doing all the hard work.

I have one and I will advise that you still need to sand the dowels a little after they come out.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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okwoodshop

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#6 posted 01-19-2011 12:35 AM

David that is a nice stanley 77 but like you out of my league.
Rich, have to make a lot of dowels to pay for that but it is nice.
I also saw a way to make them with a bull nose bit on a router table.

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woody57

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#7 posted 01-19-2011 01:55 AM

okwoodshop,
where did you see the router dowel maker?

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 01-19-2011 02:03 AM

You would have to make a lot of dowels to justify $500+shipping :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 01-19-2011 06:10 AM

You can make dowels with a bullnose bit in the router and 2 passes. You can also use a quarter round bit and make 4 passes. The problems with either approach – -

You may not get as precise dowels as you want.

You have to make a very good jig to hold the wood or risk having your fingers too close to the danger zone.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Edziu

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#10 posted 01-19-2011 06:34 AM

Check these videos out.

http://www.youtube.com/user/noho91#p/u/28/dwDjedeJCZ0

http://www.youtube.com/user/noho91#p/u/26/FCFBXaPnedY

http://www.youtube.com/user/noho91#p/u/27/mupv0bbjQe8

All home-made (shop-made) things, but pretty nice. Look at his other videos- he’s got some great techniques.

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okwoodshop

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#11 posted 01-19-2011 05:50 PM

Hey Woody57 , This was posted by Dick and Barb Cain http://www.routerworkshop.com/easydl.html

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#12 posted 07-26-2011 10:36 AM

How about using a rounder plane? American Woodworker had one in their Oct 1994 issue Page 63. All it takes is a is a plane blade and a little scrap lumber. ” Here’s a link to a fancy one from Roy Underhill. http://www.pbs.org/woodwrightsshop/howto/images/e2104Rounderplane.pdf . They may not be electric but they do work.

-- Profanity; The last refuge of the limited intellect.

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#13 posted 07-30-2011 09:13 AM

I can’t remember the name of the book I got from the library but I think it was called router magic. I copied 4 pages out of the book on how to make your own router dowel making jig with just a block of wood and a hand drill and a router hooked up to a mount from the jig. I haven’t made the jig yet but I think it would do the job. It even explains how to make long dowels and what to build for a add on to make it work better. Depends on the size of the hole you make in the block of the jig is the size of the dowel that comes out the other end. You push the square stick that is a little bigger than what the dowel will turn out to be just push it through the jig with it in the hand drill bit and the router is at the bottom of the jig cutting the dowel while the hand drill is spinning the stick round and round real fast while you push it through the hole of the jig and bam you got a custom made dowel of wood of your choice. Cool jig I think.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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Flyin636

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#14 posted 07-30-2011 12:03 PM

4 pillow blocks,hold and maintian stock.Two on infeed side,2 on outfeed.The infeed are sized to accept sq,dimensioned pcs of wood.Outfeed blocks are drilled for size dowel you’re “shooting”.

>...>.R.>...>

Look above where R is,this is a router mounted to a pc of 3×5 steel angle.The 5” side rests on bttm of fixture plate.The router base gets bolted to the 3” “vert” side of angle,in effect the router is now cutting in horiz plane.You can mount a “follower” rest opposite where bit engages wkpc.It takes longer to describe than build/use….....ain’t the end-all,be-all to shooting dowels,but it does work and is pretty cheap (time&materials).BW

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#15 posted 07-30-2011 12:39 PM

Ok… I am a total idiot, I suppose…
NEVER in any project that requied wooden dowels have I considered NOT simply grabbing what I needed, pre-made.
I stand in awe of your collective dedication…

:?)

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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