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#1 posted 01-18-2018 07:41 PM

Making dowels is easy. You’ll need a piece of plate steel. I used a 1/16” piece of an old steel desk. Drill a 3/8” inch hole in it. Use a drill press if you have it. Next cut a piece of your alder just a hair over 3/8” square. Use a utility knife or chisel and taper one end of your stock so that it will fit into the hole you drilled in the steel. Now chuck your stock into your hand held drill. Being square will help it center in the drill. Clamp the steel plate in a vise. Now put the tapered end into the hole and run the stock in. Take your time and push it in slowly as it spins. The plate will shear off the excess and leave you with a 3/8” dowel.

Now just cut off the length you need to fill the pocket screw hole and glue it in. I’ve done it this way several times and it works great.

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