In a counter-bored hole, I have seen in a w/working book that you can get
these gadgets which go into the drill press and make small dowels. This book
was very old (mid 80s) and I am unsure whether these still exist. If you
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Dead common, you can get them in any of your favourite toolshops.
Aren't you in the UK ? Then get in touch with Axminster
(www.axminster.co.uk) and have them send you a catalogue.
BTW - They're not dowels. Dowels are long grain, for strength. The
idea with these plugs is that you can cut them cross-grain (otherwise
hard to do) so that they have grain running the right way for hiding a
screw hole in a board.
If a plug cutter is what you want you can find it in woodworking shops. If
dowels are what you want to make you can make your own with a router and
bullnose bit. Also, if you are on the cheap, you can mount a squared piece
of wood rod in a hand drill and pass it through a bolt that is secured in a
vise to get a rough dowel. It works pretty well.
No, generally I want a plug, but I thought that according to the book, you
can make short dowels with it (up to 2 ins.) but I don't know if you lot
count that or not :) Sorry for the misunderstanding,
Very common. They come with two and three cutters. Buy the ones with
three. I bought a set with two cutters and took them back promptly - way to
much vibration to control the cut.
Jet and Veritas make them in sets of 8 bits - 4 cut tapered plugs and 4 cut
cylinderical plugs. sizes range from 1/4" to 1/2" (I believe, without
running upstairs to the tool box). Jet costs about $28/set and Vertas about
30 to 50% more. Some stores sell individually.
As others have noted the real value of these, over dowels, is they allow you
to cut plugs from similar wood as your project and with face grain (not end
grain) exposed. They won't make the screw holes disappear but they can come
pretty close if plugs are installed with care.
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