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Forum topic by woodsmithshop posted 02-03-2011 03:22 AM 854 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2011 03:22 AM

I recently bought a Dowel Max, it is a fine tool, it has a short learning curve, and you have to pay attention to what direction you place it on your stock, very accurate, it can be a little time consuming if you have a lot of holes to drill. my main concern is finding dowel pins at a decent price, the DMax dowels are a little pricey, $8-9 for 100 3/8×2 and then shipping is kinda high coming from Canada, I found one site , ” California Dowel and Turning” I can get 1000 for $21.00 then $16 for shipping, which is still good compared to DMax, does anyone know of Cal Dowels and Turning? have you used them before? are they reliable?
any responses would be appreciated .

-- Smitty!!!

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#1 posted 02-03-2011 03:44 AM

It’s been my experience that dowels are often not true to their stated size.

I know nothing about the company you are referencing but I would not place a big order with any company unless I was reasonably confident that they will deliver dowels that are true (or very close to true) to their stated size.

I have a whole box of undersized 1” dowels that are essentially unless I trim them down to 7/8” and that’s too much work.

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

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#2 posted 02-03-2011 04:02 AM

Check out stefang’s blogs. he shows you how to make a jig for sizing your dowels.

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