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    wayne86
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    How make dowel rod?

    without a lathe, how can I make 1" dowel rod from Oak?

    Is it as simple as taking a 1" square oak and running each side through a router table with 1/2 radius round over bit against the bit bearing?

    Seems like that last side would be a problem to keep aligned.

    Im doing this becuase I need dowels longer then 4' which is the longest I can find to buy.

    Anyone done this?
    thanks


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    RE: How make dowel rod?

    Yer close ... stick a fence on that thing and bury the bearing in the fence - just flush ... that'll give that last side something to ride on and prevent the whole mess from sliding too far into the bit.

    The neander method is to get yerself some 1/16" thick steel and drill progressively smaller holes in it up to your desired diameter. Then starting with the biggest hole, drive your square peg through it to lop off the corners ... repeat with the next hole down and go until you get a round dowel.

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    RE: How make dowel rod?

    Exactly Rich, I haven't had much trouble finding common sized dowels in the popular hard woods localy. A fellow just has to look a little beyond the orange and blue box stores.
    Measure once... cut twice.

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    RE: How make dowel rod?

    I have tried to make long dowels for arrow shafts using a ruter and mounting the wood in a hand held drill motor. The wood spins as you feed it past the running router that is mounted in a wooden block with holes made in it to fit the infeed size and the outfeed size of the dowel. It works but required a bit of sanding.

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    RE: How make dowel rod?

    You guys missed it.
    He doesn't need tooty-frooty dowels, he needs longer than 4 foot (48 inches) dowels.
    And he wants Oak.
    I was gonna suggest push broom handles Wayne, but you said Oak.
    But push broom handles are just big dowels... ;)

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    RE: How make dowel rod?

    Do you mean we are supposed to read these before replying?
    Measure once... cut twice.

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    RE: How make dowel rod?

    the longest they sell is 48". As I mentioned, the reason Im making them is that I cannot find anything longer then 48"

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    RE: How make dowel rod?

    broom handles are a good thought. Maybe I can live without oak in that case. They could be be bigger dia then 1" with no problem.

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    RE: How make dowel rod?

    Lee Valley sells a gizmo which works quite well - you insert the blank in to the end and screw it like a pencil sharpener in reverse - a ratchet end sized to the size of the blank - chucked in a drill - works well to spin the blank - I have used this to make arrow shafts - a little sanding is required when done.

    I am not sure this gizmo comes as large as 1 inch.

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