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Forum topic by Dusty56 posted 04-16-2011 08:12 PM 2600 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dusty56

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04-16-2011 08:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig tip resource bandsaw joining shaping

Hello LJs
I received this video on safely cutting dowels with your bandsaw in my weekly email from Woodsmith Shop and thought that others might be interested in it as well. Enjoy : )

http://www.woodsmithtips.com/2011/04/14/dowel-cutting-jig/

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#1 posted 04-16-2011 10:42 PM

Nice if you have to cut a lot of them.

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#2 posted 04-16-2011 10:54 PM

yep, Woodsmith, one of my favs.

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#3 posted 04-16-2011 11:16 PM

Granted, it’s a safe way to cut them, but I would have to be getting paid by the hour to cut very many like that.
I don’t mind taking my time doing things, but cutting dowels is not one of them. I’ll have to see if I can come up with a jig that’s faster….before Mafe does.

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#4 posted 04-16-2011 11:29 PM

Tim, if you are going to have to cut a lot of dowels, a block like he made that has holes for inserting 4 of the same sized dowel. Then, each pass you make cuts 4 at a time. You could make a block to accommodate as many or few dowels as you want, depending on what volume you are going for.

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#5 posted 04-16-2011 11:38 PM

I use something similar to this to cut wine corks. They are good to use as little feet on boxes and such – so there won’t be any scratches where you have your piece sitting.
- JJ

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#6 posted 04-17-2011 01:08 AM

For the Toy Workshop we sometimes have to cut 1000 short pieces and this seems like a slow way to go.

I made a small sliding table for the bandsaw and then put a stop at the end and cut them that way.

-- 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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#7 posted 04-17-2011 01:34 AM

I also received the video in my inbox and thought it was a great idea if you only need to make a relatively small number of dowels at a time. It at least got me to thinking about it as I’m not much of a jig person, at least, not yet. Definitely an opportunity of growth for me.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 04-17-2011 06:21 AM

Hi Karson , I’d like to see your method for future reference : )
I didn’t hear them mention on the video that their jig was for mass production , just a safe and accurate jig for cutting the different sizes that they use most often.
Personally , I’ve had to cut plugs in the past and if I had been smart enough to create this jig , the job would have gone a lot faster.

Thanks for all of the comments , especially from Pawky , who has already sped up the process with his idea : )

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#9 posted 04-17-2011 09:27 AM

I saw a jig used on the band saw ,it slid in miter slot, for cutting multiple small pieces. The off cuts fell down a small ramp into a removable box, a very fast operation

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#10 posted 04-17-2011 07:11 PM

Dusty56: Here is the sliding table that I made for my bandsaw.

Click for details

-- 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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#11 posted 04-17-2011 07:35 PM

Hi Karson , It’s nice and I commented on it and favorited it almost 1000 days ago.
How many dowels can you accurately and cleanly cut (no splintering) at one time ?
Pawky hit the nail on its head with his method for cutting mass quantities if ever needing to do so.
There’s virtually no limit (other than the clearance height) as far as the size of block you could use and how many dowel holes you could drill through it or to the length of the block as long as you can support it : ) LOL

I just thought this was a good tip for the average jock to use , but it may not work in your large production adventures : )
Have a great weekend , my friend !

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#12 posted 04-18-2011 04:58 AM

If we use over 3, then the problem is alligning all of the dowells to insure that they are the correct length. I usually have others cutting dowells while I’m on the table saw. If they take a long time, then I don’t notice it. LOL

-- 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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#13 posted 04-18-2011 05:09 AM

Hahaha : )

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