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    How do I cut a dowel in half?

    How do I rip a 3/4" dowel rod in half. I'll have to use my band saw but I need some way to hold it with out it trying to turn. I'm thinking about drilling holes into two square blocks and glueing the dowel ends into those holes then run it through the saw. Is there a better way?
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    That would definitely be problematic. I have to ask: Why?
    OTOH, I had a similar dilemma with a recently completed project. I need half of a round object. What I did was saw a block in half, glued it back together then turned round but left the ends square. That way I could send it through the bandsaw and had a center line to follow. Worked out well.
    Or, you could cut your dowel a little long, bore a hole in a square hunk of wood, glue dowel in and bandsaw in half, cut to length needed.
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    Tom what you described would work pretty well. If I were doing it I would take a piece of 2X4 and cut a shallow V groove into the wide side of the 2X and hot glue the dowel in the groove in a couple of places and then stand it on the edge and run it through the band saw using the fence to guide the cut.
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    Get a piece of 3/4" stock. Put a 3/8" radius roundover bit in your router table. Round one edge of the board, flip and round the other edge creating a half-round profile. Rip the half-round edge off on your tablesaw. Repeat.
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    I like Glenns idea. Make a bull nose and rip it off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    I like Glenns idea. Make a bull nose and rip it off.
    That would give him half a dowel. But, it doesn't answer the question of how to rip a dowel in half.
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    Go get em Frank!

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    Is it just me or am I the only one who finds the whole subject of ripping a dowel in half disturbing?
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    But sometimes you have to do what you have to do!
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    I do not have a table saw at this time so I'm going to have to do this with just my bandsaw. I need to end up with about 4" long pieces of "half round".
    Last edited by Tom Baugues; 05-21-2011 at 05:01 PM.
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