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BBOSIDE

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794 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: ash turning shaping joining question

I currently building chairs and I’m using 1” wood dowels as components in the chairs.
The starting diameter of the Ash dowels are 1”.
I need to reduce the ends of each 1” dowel down to 15/16”.
The reduction lengths on the dowel needs to be 1” long.
As it will be joining a 4/4” piece of stock.
I do not own a lathe and have been sanding the ends with a sander.
To reduce the diameter as you can image this time consuming and difficult.
I also have no way to get constant results. So it fit nicely into the dowel hole.
The starting lengths of the dowels are 24 5/8” and need to be reduced on each end.

All suggestions are welcome. I ask buying a lathe is my last option.


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#1 posted 794 days ago

You can do it on the table saw with a round tenon method.
Pretty easy.

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#2 posted 794 days ago

+1 for the table saw have done it a few times myself

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#3 posted 794 days ago

Ditto tablesaw/round tenon. Or with hand tools, score the shoulder and use shoulder plane or chisel, turning dowel while holding tool.

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#4 posted 794 days ago

I like that router jig!

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#5 posted 794 days ago

There is a tool called a hollow auger that was used primairily for wood wheel spoke. I picked one up at a farm sale about 15 years ago for 5 bucks. It works with a brace and does a good job if the cutter is sharp and you don’t try to hog off a lot. Going from 1 to 15/16 is fairly easy. I checked e bay and saw a few, very pricey. I didn’t realize I owned some gold. They do make a similar thing for making “rustic furniture”. I do not have experience with those tools. I like the router jig also.

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#6 posted 794 days ago

I have used all these methods. Router or table saw both work about the same way and work well, I’d use a large dia. router bit or my dado head. But the hollow aguer now that’s the way to go. To get them to start you do need to put a slight tapper on the dowel, at least that’s the way mine works.
MIKE

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#7 posted 794 days ago

any way you could chuck it in your drill press?

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#8 posted 794 days ago

Drill a hole in a piece of steel 31/32” or even better 61/64” twist 1” dowel through the hole.
Cheap, easy and using the little bit of larger diameter allows you to have a tighter fit or sand it down to be perfectly sized.

Good Luck!

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#9 posted 794 days ago

Thank you all for your help. I will try it on my table saw with a stacked dado.

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#10 posted 794 days ago

I saw a guy do it on a bandsaw one time. Easy, cheap, and works a treat:

Start by adding a sacrificial fence on your bandsaw fence. Adjust your fence next to the blade(1/32 in your case). Slowly feed the dowel into the blade, rotating it clockwise. A stop block could be used to set the depth to your 1” requirement.

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