So I got this email with a link to go to Woodpeckers. I was surprised
that the link did not go to Lee Valley.
Then I snapped and realized it is not April Fools Day.
Who will buy this? LOL
You know, the only part of the link necessary is:
You can leave off all the query parameters (the elements after the first '?'
in the URI), which generally encode personal information about you.
As for who, looks quite useful, if overpriced. Consider the same folks that
would buy a Stanley #77, which are currently as expensive and much more rare.
Where, after all, would one find a Bocate or Dalbergia Nigra dowel commercially?
I can't see them selling a lot of them, but if I were a custom furniture
maker who made a lot of pieces every year and wanted to use matching
dowels or exotic hardwood dowels for "show," that thing would be well
worth the money.
Leon, how many Domino mortises did you say you've cut?
You bought an extremely expensive machine to do it and didn't think
twice because quality and speed, right?
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
In just the 5mm size I just opened my 15th bag of 300 or 4,500 Domino's
and almost 8,000 mortises just for that size.
I did think twice, actually for several weeks and probably once each day
minimum and to this day the quality of the mortises have not
deteriorated. And the original 5mm bit just cut 144 perfect and exposed
IIRC I paid about $800 for the Domino and that comes to 10 cents per
mortise in just the 5mm size.
The dowel maker appears to have 8 threads per inch and capacity looks to
be 5~6". Assuming the larger, you will need to crank the handle 48
times to produce "1", 6" dowel and another 48 times to get ready for the
next dowel. So you are going to crank almost 100 times for each dowel
if making more than 1 dowel. To get your cost down to the equivalent 10
cents per mortise/dowel you will need to produce 4,000 dowels and or
about 400,000 cranks. I plunge my Domino mortiser 1/100 as many times
for the same result. And my plunges take about 2-3 seconds regardless of
So yes my Domino was very expensive but this thing is beyond expensive
if comparing as pointed out above.
BUT if you just have to have a dozen or so ebony dowels that are 6" long
I believe that a production shop would already have a lathe and that
would be an easy way to produce short dowels or longer dowels.
I think this dowel maker would be a great addition to a collection of
"one time" tools and a great conversation piece.
I do not think I would use it even if it pushed out Domino tenons. ;~)
No, Lee Valley is only a retailer for Woodpeckers tools. Woodpeckers
Woodworking sent me the "One Time Tool" announcement last week,
directly. I have a bunch of Woodpecker's tools and quite a few "One
Time Tools" but this is certainly one I'll be passing on.
If you need to make custom dowels, you need something to shape them for you;
you're not going to whittle them. $400 is ridiculous, but Lie-Nielsen has a
good dowel plate for $55:
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