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    Dowel Bit

    Do they make such a thing. Would like to make some 21/2" dowels out of cherry. If not I will have to plug them. But I'll lose some of the area of the dowel and its only a inch as it is.
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    I'm sure that you will get better answers than this, however:

    1--They sell steel plates that you force wood through to make dowels. You start with large holes and work down to the size you want.

    2--I wanted some short dowels I could not find in a store (1/8"). I turned them on the lathe. Pics attached. I assume that you figured out that this was just the beginning of the dowel making process.

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    John you can make them on your router table. Wood magazine had an article a while back showing how to do it. I have not tried it but it looks like it would work really great. Google making dowels on the router table, and you will get a lot of information.

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    Thanks for the replys. I need 21/2" so my plug cutters wont work. There only 1" or 11/2". Might just go with the store bought ones and glue in a 1/4" long plug. The wood I'm going into is 1" thick. So I think I'll be ok.
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    I know some stores carry hardwood dowels in different species (such as cherry), might check around. I think there was a youtube video of a guy using a home made jig consisting of a couple of hack saw blades and a drill you might google. They were actually coming out pretty round, but not sure how consistent they were on dimensions.
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    One of these might work.
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    pretty simple if you can copy this.. There is a video but use a little more safe practices..
    http://www.ibuildit.ca/Workshop%20Pr...l-maker-1.html

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    I'm not clear on what you want to do, but if you want something that will cut the end of your stock to round it to a dowel shape, but is limited in length, try a search for a "hollow auger". You can find old ones that are adjustable to the diameter you want. They are designed for use in a brace, so they tend to have a square end to fit the chuck. They work surprisingly well.

    The end of the stock must be sufficiently pointed to fit into the auger to begin the cut. For a few pieces, a knife or chisel works for this task, but if you want many, search for a "spoke pointer", another old tool designed for that task.

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