I'm putting down pine flooring and using 5/8 dowels to cover the screws. I
am cutting them from a length of dowelling. My chop saw does a fine job
excerpt for one thing. It tends to eject the cut piece forcibly and then
you have to find it. So I've gone back to a hand saw but it's more work that
Any thoughts on how to keep the pieces from flying off. --
"17 whiskies... A record, I believe."
Dylan Thomas' last words.
This isn't answering the question you asked, but I'm wondering why you're not
using a plug cutter to make pine plugs which have the grain running the "right
Takes a while longer, but looks much nicer than seeing the end grain of those
'Course, maybe your staining those dowel bits black to make them show up and
mimic the way some real old time floors used to look.
Jeff Wisnia (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
"If you can smile when things are going wrong, you've thought of someone to
Tape it down before cutting.
I recommend using a fine tooth hand saw such as a dovetail saw. Even
a hacksaw will work. You can stack several dowels together before
cutting. Use an inexpensive wood miter box to get a nice 90-degree
cut.. You'll have less waste and less chance of a lethal projectile.
If you have a 10+ year old available, hire him/her to cut the dowels
Dust tape the hose to your shop vac near the back of your saw. Just turn on
the vac and it should suck up the plugs nicely.
Clean out the shop vac first though.
Also, I agree with the other poster about using a plug cutter for a few
Dowels are not round but oval and there maybe gaps, the fact that dowels
cut this way are end grain and I don't think that you are going to get a lot
of usable plugs. Unless you make fairly long plugs they and going to
shatter and splinter.
You could also find a source to buy them.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.