Looking for a source for accurate hard wood dowel rod

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11-12-2013 06:13 PM

I am planning a project for my grand daughters and I am looking for a source for good quality hardwood dowel rod – looking for walnut and oak in lengths of say 3 to 4 foot lengths – any body have a “great” source for this purchase – Thanks for the help locating these !!!

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#1 posted 11-12-2013 07:14 PM

The cherry dowels I bought at Woodcraft were marked 1/2” but I think that was just a guestimate on their part since none of the six were the same thickness.

Woodworkers Source sells at least the walnut, maybe others. The few 1” I bought were a true 1”.

Both those places sold them in 3’ lengths only.

If you’re brave enough to try something new, how about dowelsondemand. They list a bajillion choices and charge by the foot.

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#2 posted 11-12-2013 07:15 PM

i don’t recall the varieties off the top of my head, but Beall sells very accurately sized dowel stock. Probably an offshoot of their threading business…

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#3 posted 11-12-2013 08:24 PM

Bell Forest and Edensaw both carry good dowels. Bell has more wood varieties and would be my first choice.

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#4 posted 11-13-2013 12:23 AM

Why not make your own? It is fairly easy.


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#5 posted 11-13-2013 05:11 AM

Thinking of making a baby cradle for my grand kids to use when they grow up and have kids. I will need dowel rods say about 10 or so inches long – not shure if I could build them

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#6 posted 05-17-2014 11:54 AM

I’ve been thinking of getting my Shop-smith lathe duplicator setup and working and trying it out to make the final cuts on some shop made dowels. Seems like with the correct sized temp[late (basically a stick <g>), it should be easy to crank out perfectly sized dowels every time. Little limited on length, but Ii rarely need one over 2’ long anyway…

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#7 posted 05-17-2014 02:08 PM

I’d use one of the bulk sources and purchase slightly oversized stock and then true them up with a dowel plate,

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#8 posted 05-17-2014 02:22 PM

ChefHDAN beat me to it. That dowel plate is a handy tool to own.

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#9 posted 05-17-2014 02:29 PM

You can also just make your own dowel plate using some scrap metal and a drill.

Drill the holes for the appropriate sized dowel you want to make and presto!

I have a few I’ve made. For short dowels I’ll cut the stock square close to final size on my table saw (very carefully) then I’ll use a chisel and get the end close to round, chuck the stock in the handheld drill and slowly push it through the dowel plate while running the drill.

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