I'll try to keep this short even though I have several questions that
hopefully someone can help me with.
I have built several cradles for friends and family who were
expecting. As long as I have been able to build from wood species
that are common, no problems. Recently one of my best friends found
out that he and his wife were expecting. So we all went to a local
lumberyard that specialized in hardwoods and they fell in love with
the South American Walnut stock there. We bought the wood and I got
The problem is that the project calls for: 7/16"X11" dowels (for the
rails), 1.5" dia. (drawer pulls), and buttons and plugs. I can't find
any of these that match the color of the walnut we bought.
So, here are my questions:
1. I do not have a lathe, so turning my own dowels is out. I called
a local wood turning company (the only one in the phone book) who
wanted $10.50/dowel. I need 30. Ouch. Does anyone know of a rental
company that would rent me a lathe in the Atlanta Area (Home Depot and
Lowe's both did not have one) or know of a woodworker with a big heart
in the Atlanta area who might turn these for a better price, or know
of a way that I can accomplish this without a lathe. I've read about
pounding through a metal opening slightly larger than the desired dia.
but is this practical? Is an 11" dowel too long for this process?
Any other ideas?
2. I have the same "lack of a lathe" for the drawer pulls (which
actually act as decoration) more that anything. I though about
attempting to hand carve these, but fear they will cause me hours of
displeasure only to look like crap.
3. The fasteners are covered (normally) by wooden 3/8" mushroom
buttons, or 3/8" plugs. Seems like I've seen a tool/jig at some time
in my travels that allows one to create their own buttons and plugs.
Am I off my rocker or does this tool/jig exist? Any creative ways of
These really are good folks that I am building the cradle for, but
unfortunately I can't afford to buy my own lathe right now. So,
please don't just tell me I need one. I know.
Thanks in advance for your help,