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geeing1964

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Hi Everyone,

I'm trying to find a dowel plate, so that I can make my own dowels. I've searched the Outernet and can't find anything suitable. I understand that it is basically a thick metal plate with several holes, you cut your wood to slight bigger than the hole then hammer your wood through the hole... square peg into circle....

Anyone know where I could get one or if you are selling one?

Ta
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make one?

to buy they seem to be very expensive for what is, as you say, a plate with holes in and hardened.
 

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how many sizes are you likely to need (rather than assuming that you will need)?

the alternative is something like this
or an equivalent with a plane blade.
 

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No problem, Veritas do a dowel former as well, basically a universal adaptor that you fit individual dowel hole sets to;


I haven't seen them on actual sale for a while though.
Thats spot on and given me an idea
 

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I have a dowel plate fitted in the end of my bench. My Dad made it when he was at school. It surprising how often it gets used.
 

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My dowel maker looks like this:
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It could be a flat piece of steel, it's just that that funny shape was lying around. There's a hacksaw cut that connects each hole to the edge, cut on a slant, and sightly twisted with a screwdriver; that functions as a blade and you spin your oversize pieces of wood through in the chuck of a hand drill, then finish off by sanding while spinning. Took minutes to make, I use it routinely, on one occasion to make nearly 1000 short 3mm dowels; but 3mm is very tricky; even with straight grain you only have to look at it wrong for it to splinter. I'm working on a better design for 3mm, where the cutting is done by a spinning router blade while the stock is spinning at 90 degrees
 

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I've got a drill bit measuring plate, has every increment in imperial from 1/16" to 1/2" a total of 29 sizes. But its a steel plate some 6 or so mm thick and i use that. Just shape it roughly and bash them through . An ebay bargain :D
 
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