I needed some dowels for joinery through leg to pin the side panel
tenons. I drilled a 1/4" hole in a piece of metal clamped it to bench.
Cut a 1/4"+ square piece of maple and hamered it through the hole. As
kids we were taught you cant put a square into a round. But they didnt
say unless you had a hammer.Works great for short dowels that will not
Because of the grain orientation, the roundness of a dowell varies
with the humidity.
Another poster has described ounding dowelss through holes
in a steel bar. That is the simplest dowell-making tool I
have eerheard of. You can rip the stock octagonal instead
of square before starting and one would suppose the
quality of the finished dowell and the effort needed to
make it would depend largely on how fine the gradations are
between the holes.
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