I have some 'dowels' that consist of debarked cut hardwood twigs. They were
cut to select the straightest most consistent sections, but they aren't
perfect. Question is do such things have any possible use in woodwork? I'm
not interested in whether to get a bag from some supplier, but rather
whether any possible use can be found for these things in the 3rd world.
You'll probably find they are much stronger than machined dowels.
I expect in third world countries, it's the norm to use them.
They can't afford to waste anything.
Given that accurate dowel drilling is virtually impossible in some
situations, I have been known to drill oversize holes and set the dowels
in 2 part filler. In that case they don't need to be dead straight
The Question was:
"Question is do such things have any possible use in woodwork?"
The question was answered! I could have simply said yes (I use them on some
of the mortise and tenon and jointing work that I do) but I chose the
indirect answer - now if you couldn't understand the question, I how could
you possibly understand the answer?
And by the way, your " That's not the point. Now that better things exist it
is pointless to use the older inferior types, unless there's a serious cost
differential." shows tha you really din't know what you're talking about as
it is far better to use dowels to joint some timbers than todays so-called
moder fixings - and before you ask, one (and there are more) come to mind:
namely oak, where the tannic acid in oak destroys steel fixings
I thought the point was that BETTER DOWELS exist now. Not that non-dowel
fixings should be used instead.
Mind, I am still unsure whether a twig dowel is better or worse than,
say, a machine made fluted dowel. Can anyone point to a direct comparison?
I agree - though the only one I am sure of seeing is beech.
Wondering why softwood is thought to soft? I never think of yew, for
example, as being soft. And the classic counter, balsa is not exactly
hard. Anyway, weren't quite a number of dowels made of the self-same
wood as the material they were put into?
I had a variation on this discussion with a local joiner who insisted
that the pitch pine he was building our porch with was a hardwood.
I didn't try very hard to persuade him otherwise because it wasn't
really important, but it did amuse me that somebody who works full time
with different woods didn't know the difference.
It would have been both the heating and the alcohol I imagine.
But they wouldn't have been drunk.
The beer drunk as a general drink was 'small ale', and had a low alcohol
content (I forget how much they think it was, but IIRC it was very low).
They brewed different beers for getting drunk.
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