How to taper a 1" dowel?

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Forum topic by mahdee posted 12-19-2016 10:55 PM 6273 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2016 10:55 PM

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Hi guys and gals. I need to figure out how to taper a 36” long 1” dowel to 1/2” at one end. Any ideas so the dowel is perfectly tapered?


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#1 posted 12-20-2016 01:39 AM

I’d use my lathe. “Perfectly”, however, might be tough to do

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#2 posted 12-20-2016 01:54 AM

Make a box, mount your dowel at an angle 1/4” higher at one end. Make the box with a lip for your router to slide back and forth. then turn your dowel a little at a time and run the router back and forth. Use your imagination to make it work. Maybe a handle mounted to the end to help rotate it.

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#3 posted 12-20-2016 01:57 AM

+1 for Jbay

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#4 posted 12-20-2016 02:49 AM

Jbay’s trick is a very old method. Usually a scraper or hand plane was used, but the idea is easily adapted for use with a router.

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#5 posted 12-23-2016 01:05 AM

Your welcome!

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