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Dowel diameter reduction

This stick already cost $16, looking for cost effective and efficient way to reduce 1/4" down the entire shaft. Any ideas? The easiest, most cost effective plan will be to just go buy the right ...
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What is the cheapest way to create a right triangle out of a square dowel rod or similar?

You can buy what you need already fabricated. Search "champfer strip". Here's a Home Depot link: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Alexandria-Moulding-3-4-in-x-3-4-in-Pine-Chamfer-Strip-Moulding-0W995-200RLC/...
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How can I flute my own dowel or create dowel with similar properties

That style of dowel would be difficult to emulate. Not so much actually! You can do a decent job of simulating this texture by simply gripping the dowel in pliers, vice-grips etc. and drawing it ...
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What is the functional purpose of fluted dowel?

There are two main purposes that I know of. First, the flutes allow air to escape and glue to fill the voids as you are inserting the dowels. Without them, it is possible that you would not be able ...
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What is the cheapest way to create a right triangle out of a square dowel rod or similar?

I would not want to start with 1/2" x 1/2" square stock unless you have a table saw. Trying to rip small stock with the tools you listed would be quite difficult (and dangerous). Instead, start with ...
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Is there a way to extend the length of a dowel blade?

TL;DR Return or sell the 2x4, "drill bit" / "dowel blade" and/or skip lunch and use the money to buy a pack of 1000 ready-made dowels online. Is there a way to extend the length of a dowel blade? ...
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Difference between commercial joinery dowels and smooth dowels

Dowels for joints I think are usually called fluted or grooved. Fluted dowels are usually made of hardwood and the plain dowel you link to is made of pine. Not equal. For the same diameter hardwood is ...
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How do I get good glue coverage with a very small, 2-3mm, dowels?

Following the usual rule of thumb, the 6mm thick wood suggests 2-3mm dowels are as large as I should go (this is about 1/16 inch). 3mm is maybe pushing it (as it leaves only a quarter of the wood's ...
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making or buying a wooden tap?

To buy Once you're received the tap and done any necessary cleanup/renovation work on it to be serviceable you prepare your dowel1, thread a portion of it, then determine what the pitch and profile is....
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How can I inwardly round off the end of a dowel?

You can use your drill. You'll need a bit whose size is the same as the diameter of the inner curve you want to cut. Clamp your dowel stock firmly, position the drill so the outer edge of the bit is ...
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Replacing a 1/2 dowel with a 3/4 dowel

but it occurred to me that my 3/4" dowel rod might yield a stronger leg then the previous 1/2" whatever they used It would, but the strength might not really be needed. 1/2" dowel in a good wood is ...
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Affixing a dowel to the bottom of a piece of board

The joint you are probably thinking of is a mortise and tenon joint. Such a joint is very strong, but strength is relative. If you have the top securely fastened to the file cabinet, and only need ...
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Joining MDF - Pocket holes vs dowels

I would definitely recommend the dowels. The greatest stresses will be in tension trying to pull the boards apart and breaking the connection of the screw or dowel with the boards. Both the dowel and ...
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Strengthened leg miter joint with spline [key]

The plans call for a domino or dowel, plus a spline for added strength. Just so you know, this is probably overkill. Many such legs are reinforced by just one means, not two, and the tables survive ...
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How big hole can I drill in edge of plywood?

As I was reading this I was thinking there is nothing wrong with doing this, a 3/4" dowel should be able to be drilled and glued in with no problems. Then I read the part about being the back of ...
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Antique Dowel Maker?

It is called a dowel plate, and several manufacturers sell them nowadays - e.g., Lie-Nielsen. You could also make your own, which might be what you have there. You are spot on with the usage - pound a ...
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Joining MDF - Pocket holes vs dowels

MDF is different than normal wood, in that there is no end grain vs face grain. Since MDF is all just basically sawdust combined with a resin, any surface is as strong as the other for gluing. It ...
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How do cabinet makers achieve seamless joins

The answer to this question could be simple or complex depending on exactly what sort of joinery or cabinet making you're talking about - you're asking it in a fairly generic context. That said, it ...
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What is the functional purpose of fluted dowel?

If I understand correctly that shape will allow the dowel to be inserted easily but make it harder to move around? Nope. The chamfered end is what makes insertion easier (always advisable to do this ...
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How can I flute my own dowel or create dowel with similar properties

Is there another method of working the dowel that will get a similar functional result? You could maybe make a dowel plate, but instead of drilling a regular hole through the steel plate, make a ...
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Replacing a 1/2 dowel with a 3/4 dowel

It's unlikely that going from a 1/2" hole to a 3/4" hole will cause the frame to fail, but not impossible; Just highly unlikely. The foot, at 2" square, should be fine. A ball-park minimum would be ...
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How many dowels is enough to support this joint?

Assuming a heavy load of books, the connection is can easily be uspported using two 3/8" x 2" wooden dowels. The 2" length insures that the dowels are firmly held in the framing members on each side. ...
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Joining MDF - Pocket holes vs dowels

I use biscuits in this situation, not for strength, but because wood and mdf likes to move when glued, even when clamped. The biscuits align the piece so the edge is clean. Dowels would do the same ...
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How big hole can I drill in edge of plywood?

Is it feasible to drill into the edge of glued-together plywood like this? Yes. Just a note for future readers: this is not a universal yes for all plywood, because of the limitations of some ...
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Would a 2 Pass Dowel Glue Up For a Hung Door Be Stronger and Reduce the Fall

If you're doing any sort of glue-up using a PVA and the conditions or pace of work mean that the glue is partially set before things come together and full clamp pressure is applied you are ...
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Laminating Boards For loft Leg

To answer the first part of your question, the glue adhesion should be more than adequate to handle the weight from the 2x6. This is both because the glue is more than strong enough to bind the four ...
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Doweling technique - can they be applied in two stages?

If you can't clamp it up, do your initial assembly with screws and glue. The screws act as clamps. Once the glue has cured, remove the screws, and use those same holes as the pilot holes for ...
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Doweling technique - can they be applied in two stages?

The only downside I can think of is that you'd see the dowels from the outside. But sometimes that can be a desired look, too; it depends on the aesthetic you're going for. It would not weaken the ...
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