I am in the middle of a home improvement (?) project. It am going to
replace the existing dark walnut stained pine clowels with oak. I have
some closets with rods over 5' in length supported on each end and
with a single center support. I can't find oak longer than 4' in the 1
1/4" diameter. Does anyone know of a source for 5' or 6' oak dowels?
I don't understand smart and final. Is that a cleaning supply company
in California? I live in the Midwest. I'd never heard of them until I
just did a search in Google. Or, is it a long handle on some product?
Sort of a small version of Costco/Price club..
Good point, though... sometimes lumber is cheaper if it isn't called
I couldn't find hardwood dowels here in Mexico but found some great brooms in a
local hardware store that were about $5 each and had 5' hardwood handles a bit
over 1" in diameter... made great towel rods in the guest bath..
Is your center support the metal band type of wood?
I'm thinking that if you had to, you could use a wood support and join 2 shorter
If you don't have to have wood, chain link top-rail will work and
still fit in the closet rod sockets. It comes in 10'6" or 21'
lengths and we cut it with a metal cutting blade in a sawsall.
It's fairly cheap at about $8 for a 10'6 piece. The BORGs will have
it or about any lumber yard. Almost every builder we work for wants
us to use the stuff.
What tools do you have to work with? If you've got a table saw it's
not hard to make octagonal rods, if you have a router table and a 5/8"
roundover bit then you can easily make them round. For stock if you
have a hardwood supplier have them plane to 1-1/4 plus a sanding
allowance, if you don't then get a couple of "1 inch" boards from the
Borg and glue them up to get the thickness--mount it with the bondline
vertical and nobody will notice that it's a glue-up unless they're
looking hard for it.
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