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rustfever

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In the latest issue of ShopNotes magazine, there is an article on three different Veritas Dowel making devices. Dowel Maker, Dowel Cutter and the Dowel Plate. I would like to find more information from those that have used any or all of these devices.
The article describes what can be done, but how good of a dowel can one expect?
The Dowel Maker lot great, but it costs upwards of $400 for a reasonably complete kit. Is it worth the money?

-- Rustfever, Central California


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#1 posted 798 days ago

I’ve got the dowel Maker and it does a pretty fair job making dowels. I’ve used it at the toy shop to make about 50’ of walnut dowels and the same in Sapele. These were used for axles in toys.

The walnut ones turned pretty well but the Sapele one were hard to do.

The Dowel Maker really wants straight grained wood. Nothing with any figure. What happens when turning (let’s say 1/4” dowels) the cutter hangs up on the figured wood and then the stock explodes in the square. I had to use straight grained stock if one exploded, I’d throw it away and not even try it again and grab another piece.

I finally got a brass rod that i’d pound in from the finish dowel port to drive out the broken pieces. I got tired of taking it apart to get out the broken pieces and then have to reset it all back up again.

But two of us working could make 50 feet in a couple of hours. Since we only needed 3” pieces we were able to salvage lot of the broken ones.

I turned some 3’ Holly that were about 5/8” and had no problems. I’ve got the complete kit.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#2 posted 798 days ago

Ira: One other thing that I’ve done is make my own dowel plate out of a piece of angle iron.

I drilled a series of holes and left the rough burr where the drill came through. That became the saw teeth to scrape off the wood fibers. I drilled the holes every 64th of an inch and I just worked my way down the holes. I sanded my stock to fit into the hole easily.

I chucked the wood in a drill.

I was making this for a hinge pin for a set of wooden hinges So I was using blackwood because of it’s natural oil and after it was round and wouldn’t go through the next hole. I stopped and made my hinge to fit the pin.

I’ve also used a nut that was a little small and drilled a hole to enlarge the threads to the correct size. I welded the nut to a metal plate so we could hold it in a vice. In this case we were making dowel pins that had swelled and wouldn’t fit in the hole. We used a bearing press to press the dowel pins through the nut and caught them in a bucket after the next one pushed the previous one free.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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