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Questions tagged [dowel]

Using and making of wooden dowels which are mainly used as structural components or as fasteners

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Antique Dowel Maker?

I picked this up at a local 2nd hand store. It is 20"x2"x1/2", cast iron. The holes go from 1/8" to 3/4" diameter. Years ago, I helped a friend put a post & beam addition on his home. All Dovetail,...
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Is there a way to extend the length of a dowel blade?

I recently purchased a dowel blade from a hardware store, and it won't cut through a 2x4. Is there anything I can do to cut dowels from the 2x4 for mushroom cultivation?
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What tool can I use to cut/plane a lot of dowel rods?

I made a piece of sculptural wall art out of pieces of wooden dowel rod, joined together with epoxy glue. It looks similar to these: Example 1 Example 2 Though I tried to keep the bottoms of the ...
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How many dowels is enough to support this joint?

I'm going to take a crack at building the shelf pictured below, except I'm just going to make the top section, since I only want one level. I was thinking of using a french cleat behind the length of ...
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Dowel vs screwed butt for strongest butt joint in moving structural frame

Hi I am reading about all the different joint types and when to use them. I am building a frame out of 2x2 lumber, joined at 90% most of the time, that will be under a lot of stress. I figured out ...
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Laminating Boards For loft Leg

I'm designing the leg for a bed loft and was planning on laminating together 4 1x4's of Poplar. The middle two boards would not go the full length of the leg, so that a 2x6 can slide into it. This ...
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I'm making a guitar stand and need a maximum dowel weight

I'm making a wall hanging guitar stand, and I need a strong dowel to hold the V shaped head to the block that I'm going to mount in the wall. The dimensions of the head are L:5 3/16" W:3 11/16" H:1/...
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Replacing a 1/2 dowel with a 3/4 dowel

A number of years ago one of the legs on our sofa broke off. The dowel holding the foot to the framed snapped. Now that I've got my hobby, I'm looking to affix the leg. I've drilled out most of the ...
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What is the cheapest way to create a right triangle out of a square dowel rod or similar?

I'm working on adding internal lighting to my pantry, and have discovered that the LED strips really only work when held at a 45 degree angle to the bottom of a shelf. I'd like to get a dowel rod and ...
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Shelf building questions from a newbie

Good day all I want to start building a wooden "shelf" of sorts, the problem is that I have literally no experience. So I have been looking at a bunch of youtube tutorials and asking my stepdad for ...
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Advice on making wood hinges

I am making some wood hinges for a table that will have a box in the back and simply open up. I did find a good design for making a wood hinge. The only question that remains: How should I cut the ...
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How can I inwardly round off the end of a dowel?

The only power tool I have is a drill. I have a set of bits, too. How can I make the edge of a wooden dowel rounded off inwardly, so I can place on another dowel? This is the shape I’m looking for: ...
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Affixing a dowel to the bottom of a piece of board

I'm creating a desk from a file cabinet with a piece of wood atop it. I want to place a 1.25" dowel on the left side so that it is more stable, but I don't think running a screw through the top will ...
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How can I flute my own dowel or create dowel with similar properties

Now I know that I can just buy these in packs of hundreds likely but lets play pretend that I need to make some from what I had available. When I think of fluted dowel I picture these guys... Image ...
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What is the functional purpose of fluted dowel?

I repaired a small end table recently and one of the aprons used dowel joinery to attach to a leg. I drilled out the dowel since a couple were broken and I wanted then to all be the same. I replaced ...
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What is a hardware attachment for dowel rods that allow for running wire through the ends?

I made this tensegrity cube using dowel rods and eye screws. The eye screws were hard to install and didn't work well due to twisting and coming loose. I'm imagining a cap like hardware for dowels ...
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Reduce diameter of a dowel (preferably efficiently)? [duplicate]

I've got some dowels whose diameters are slightly bigger than what I need, and I don't want to purchase some smaller ones since I'm on a tight budget. Does anyone know how to reduce the diameter ...
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Considerations when making my own threaded dowel for a vise

After looking at the answers for this question I was inspired to make a Moxon vise for easy table top use. This will buy me time until I make my actual woodworking bench. The one I have in mind is ...
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How do I flatten portions of a 1" dowel equally on both sides?

I broke a hardwood patio umbrella rib. The ribs are made out of 1" x 1/2" x 5'6" hardwood. I don't think that I can buy this dimension. To fix this, I thought that I might buy a 1" hardwood dowel ...
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Is there a reference for how much weight a dowel rod can support before breaking?

I realize I am still in the beginning phase of designing this but I want to make a guitar wall hanger. The design as is will be a simple base plate (either plywood or 1x dimensional lumber) with 2 ...
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Is there a better way to make a wand?

I recently decided to make a magic wand with my son as a small project. He's been showing it off a bit (despite being very simple/basic), and now we've been asked to make a bunch more for family/...
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How can I make a dowel with a table saw?

In LeeG's answer to How can I make my own dowels? he says You make a jig to pass the piece through perpendicular to the blade and turn the piece to round the corners... Image source How ...
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How can I make my own dowels?

I am in the process of designing a baby crib and am considering using vertical dowels for the sides. I am not looking forward to purchasing dowels which are pricey, hard to find in quantity and ...
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Using smooth dowel pegs

Commercially available dowel pegs come with a spiral groove around their outside surface. How important is this grooving? This comes to bear in the case when using smooth dowel stock to make ones ...