Making wooden dowel with a router #1: How to make your own dowel

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Blog entry by Pjonesy posted 12-05-2016 06:39 AM 1997 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have recently started a new project that requires walnut dowel so I set about coming up with an idea to make perfect dowel every time.
The video shows my router clamped upside down in the wood vise and the square piece of walnut being fed through a neat fitting hole while being spun at high speed with a drill.
The secret is to have a neat fitting entry hole before the straight cut router cutter and an exit hole after the cutter that is 1/64” bigger than the size of dowel that is required.
It works brilliantly and I use a digital caliper/vernier to measure the finished product to get the exact size every time.
It took about 5 minutes to make the jig and a couple of minutes to cut 3 lengths of dowel.
See the link below. I’m having trouble getting the video from photbucket.

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#1 posted 12-05-2016 06:46 AM

Great job that will get er done for sure.
Nice video.
May I ask for some how to pictures. Please!

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#2 posted 12-05-2016 07:02 AM

PJ, Any chance of a few close up photos please of the jig and the setup, thank you…

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#3 posted 12-05-2016 10:15 AM

Ditto, ’jonesy. Also, what is the specs of the input material? You mentioned square but to what degree was it prep’d, if it was. How would your methodology hold up for larger dowels… eg. 1/2” through 1 1/2”

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#4 posted 12-05-2016 04:06 PM

Pjonesy You didn’t know you’d opened a can a worms, I mean dowels did you. lol

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