Questions tagged [dowel]

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

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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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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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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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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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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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How Much Weight Can a 1inch x 11inch Dowel Hold/Support?

I am asking about the 6416U 1 in. x 1 in. x 48 in. Hardwood Round Dowel they sell at Home Depot. I plan to join 3 4x4s and use the middle one as a swivel, the middle one will be under load and the 2 ...