|Forum topic by richgreer||posted 10-20-2011 04:56 AM||1826 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
10-20-2011 04:56 AM
I needed some 5/8 oak dowels to make some wooden pegs that would be used to hang things. I knew before I bought them that they would be too big to fit into a 5/8th hole and I was right. I’ve had this problem before.
My solution is to mount the 5” pieces of dowel into the chuck on my lathe and set up my 5/8” tenon cutter in a Jacob’s chuck in the tail stock. I can only clean up and correct about 2” of the dowel, but that is enough.
The amount of material that I shaved off varied, but some of the fatter pieces measured .65 (i.e. .025” bigger than they should be.
I appreciate the problem with expansion and contraction of wood as the season changes. However, I think this should be the contraction (skinny) time of year.
I also acknowledge that I just picked up these oak dowels at the local Menards. I assume there is better quality elsewhere, but when you need a dowel, you need a dowel and Menards is convenient.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.