I'm interested in making some hardwood poles 1" plus in dia 6' in length.
Unable to find a supplier and without a lathe it seems something similar to
a tablesaw taper jig could be constructed to make them. Anybody ever try
this or have any recommendations or source for jig plans?
if you're talking about making large dowells entirely on the table
saw.... well.... I'm sure it could be done, but it's not a very
for ripping the planks down to size before running them through the
The only closet rods I've seen are pine or other softwood. I have seen some
harwood rods but they are generally 4' or less. What I'm after is a way to
make my own in diameters of 1-2". The router bit suggestions people have
made is a good route but when you get into the larger radius bits they are
fairly expensive. I thought maybe someone had a a decent way of turning
them on a tablesaw.
Thanks for the input and maybe I'll just spring for some large dia roundover
thing is, you *could* do it. it would be pretty hard to get a decent
surface finish- figure on doing a lot of sanding. it would probably be
hard on saw blades, which are expensive. assuming you have a good
drill press the jig would be no big deal to build, but kinda fussy to
adjust. it'll make a horrible noise and probably do bad things to your
saw's bearings, but if you *really* want to make dowells on your table
saw I'll show ya how.....
You could also rig a setup like a poor man's lathe, using a router and
plunge cut bit, sorta like some of the router PEN making rigs out on
the market. Mount the raw wood between centers (screws), then slowly
rotate the stock while using the router to do the stock removal
I use a home-made rounding plane to do this. It's just an old plane
iron mounted in a wooden block with a hole up the middle. Not entirely
unlike a big parallel pencil sharpener, or a chairmaker's /
wheelwrights round-tenon cutter.
When you get to 6' long, a lightweight hand tool is often easier to
bring to the work than a heavier power tool, or taking the workpiece
to the fixed machine.
There are ways to make a jig that uses a router to size the dowel while an
electric hand drill is used to rotate the stock as it's fed through the jig.
He's one example from Highland Hardware's web site:
Buffalo, NY - USA
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