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    Doweling Plate

    Does anyone here use one of those doweling plates to make dowels? You know, one of those things you pound the stock through that makes a specific size dowel.


    I'm interested in how well they work, how long a dowel is practical, etc. I've been turning dowels on the lathe but am considering one of those dowel plates.
    Cody

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    Re: Doweling Plate

    I did a couple - about 6" was the most I could get out of one -- depends on the diameter, though. In 1/4", after about 6" the stick is just too floppy to start effectively.

    I also learned that riven stock is best for this - since it tends to peel rather than tear off. for 2"-3" long dowels, it's less of an issue, but you definitely want straight grain or it doesn't split off very well at all.
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    Re: Doweling Plate

    Thanks, Beamer.
    Cody

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    Re: Doweling Plate

    https://www.lie-nielsen.com/product/...plate-standard

    Only $55

    You can buy a lot of dowel rods for that kind of money.
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    Re: Doweling Plate

    Quote Originally Posted by rrich View Post
    https://www.lie-nielsen.com/product/...plate-standard

    Only $55

    You can buy a lot of dowel rods for that kind of money.

    Yeah, but not usually in the wood species I want.
    Cody

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    Re: Doweling Plate

    If you drill some suitable holes in a piece of leaf spring from a car and then harden and temper it you will have an almost free dovel plate.
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    Re: Doweling Plate

    Cody, I use an ordinary metal drill plate. They are especially helpful in sizing store bought dowel rods. They tend to swell in our humid climate so I just cut a rough length, chuck it in a drill and run it through the hole for the desired size.
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    Re: Doweling Plate

    It's not a doweling plate or cutter, but I did buy one of those Beall threader kits a while ago and have had some fun with it. Kinda cool to make tight threaded rods and nuts out of any wood I like.

    http://www.bealltool.com/products/th.../threaders.php

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