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Awesome DIY Spindle/Dowel maker

by Andybb
posted 09-19-2018 07:08 PM

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#1 posted 01-09-2019 08:24 PM

Oh man… do I need to look into this. Thanks!

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#2 posted 01-09-2019 09:23 PM

Thanks….this becomes a favorite as I know I will need it one of these are.

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#3 posted 08-01-2019 02:56 PM

I’ve tried building something like this with my table saw. I think this router based idea might be better. With the table saw I could never get smooth results. I kept having to switch between ripping some blanks and the jig, and setup took a long time and was pretty finicky.
I’m now building something like this to use on my router table instead of the fence.

My question is, when you spun the stock, did you spin fast or slow?

I’m wondering if part of my problem with the table saw was that I was spinning the stock too fast, and it would get wobbly, and bounce around and then be unusable. Thanks for the table of sizes, I’m going to actually do the math and make sure the sizes make sense instead of eye balling them.

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#4 posted 08-01-2019 04:30 PM

now thats the way to make dowel stock fast,great jig andy thanks for posting this.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 08-14-2019 08:56 PM

So I got this working, and it worked pretty well, once I got the initial opening and stock sizes to match.

In answer to my question about how fast to spin the dowels, I set my big drill on speed 1, and maxed it out, and pushed slowly. That made for the best finish. Spinning too fast puts a texture on the dowels, and pushing too fast puts grooves. Both of which are pretty easily sanded out.

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#6 posted 08-14-2019 09:19 PM

Oh yeah, gravity is sideways in my shop. Either that or Windows ignores the orientation flags on my iPhone photos.

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