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#1 posted 12-09-2018 02:34 PM

After seeing a video by Chas Thornhill using dowels to stabilize one of his turnings, I started doing it for my stuff which always has cracks. It has worked for me. To drill a hole into the edge of the pieces you show, you would need a Kreg drill bit used for pocket holes. you might even have to sand dowels because some might be slightly oversized than the hole. Use wood glue, apply liberally, and keep the dowel within the wall thickness you are going to end up with. The dowel will also act as a thickness gauge as you expose the dowel while turning. Below is Thornhill’s video.

I would not recommend using metal rod. I had a piece blow up because the rod came out and caught on the tool rest.

Jerry (in Tucson)

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