Awesome DIY Spindle/Dowel maker

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Forum topic by Andybb posted 09-19-2018 07:08 PM 509 views 2 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2018 07:08 PM

A few weeks ago I went on a quest for the best (easy and repeatable) DIY dowel maker I could find. I tried using the “bang it through a hole” method which works fine for short dowels but not so much for 16” spindles, and variations of dowel cutters and the “chisel on a block of wood” technique but that was mediocre at best. All of which probably work well for short dowels but spindles are a whole different animal. What I did find was an article in the No.39 issue of Woodsmith Magazine and this online link for the same jig. This was by far the cats meow of the bunch. 15-20 seconds per dowel, smooth and consistant, one after another, even with soft spalted maple.

I posted a short video here.

The blocks are attached with CA glue and I used a 3 bladed flush cut router bit. When pushed through at a slow steady pace with a sharp bit it really does a great job especially with the additional 4th block added at the far end for stabilization and the dust collection.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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