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post #1 of 14 Old 02-13-2013, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for dowels?

Hi everybody!

I'm looking for somewhere to get specific sized dowels?
I'm making my own Circular Knitting needles, but I need other sizes than just the standard sizes that are available at Lowes and stuff.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Or, I was thinking of making a jig and making my own...but that...is worse case scenario!!

Thanks so much!
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Hi everybody!

I'm looking for somewhere to get specific sized dowels?
I'm making my own Circular Knitting needles, but I need other sizes than just the standard sizes that are available at Lowes and stuff.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Or, I was thinking of making a jig and making my own...but that...is worse case scenario!!

Thanks so much!
What sizes are you looking for, it will help in our replies.
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I have had luck with these guys: Cincinnati Dowel

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Well, I'm not sure how it translates into wood?

I have needles that are size US8, 5mm
US7 4.5mm
US6 4mm
US5 3.5mm

and so on. Does that make sense?

Looking at my poplar dowels, the 1/4 size dowel is a US10.5, 6.5mm

Basically I can only use 1/4, 3/16, and the other tiny one doesn't have a number on the tag, but it was the smallest I could get, which is a US4 3.5mm.
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hobby lobby has 1/8 and 3/16 dowels listed
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My wife mentioned that you were looking for how I make my dowels in my router jig.
Here is a link to the tutorial on how to make your own dowels out of scrap hardwood. I use this jig all the time and I have to say that it is probably my favourite home made jig in my shop. I hope this helps.

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OH MY WORD!!! Yes!!! This is exactly what I was looking for!!!!
I AM SO EXCITED!!! Except I have no idea what you're doing???!!

Me and my dad just read your link, it was really cool! Except...we still don't get it?!

My dad has a Hitachi router table. I guess we just can't see exactly how it works? I get the fences, does the dowel go through that block and then through that red thing as it's passing through? I mean, can you only make these dowels like 5 to six inches long? Does it hit the red metal thing in the back?

The router, it goes through a hole in the bottom of those blocks? Is that it? And the entrance hole is big and the exit hole after it passes over the router is small just to fit that size, right?

Oh, could you make a video? Oh please, oh please, oh please!!! I will love you forever and be sooooooo grateful!!!

I just went to Grizzles this weekend and the old guy told me there is no way to make dowels except standard sizes, unless I buy a lathe. Which I cannot afford.

But THIS, THIS WOULD WORK!!!!! I'm so excited!!!! My dad is walking around the room trying to figure it out! Ha!!

So, thank you and if you don't mind, will you help me figure it out!

Ah, I'm so excited! I can't wait!!

thank you!
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If you look at post 7 and 8 in that thread, that might clear up your questions....

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Okay, I read, and re-read, and I think I get it now. I drew it all out for my dad, and I think...we can try it?!

The only thing he did want to know is, does the router bit you use change for the different sizes? Like, do you use a smaller bit for the smaller dowels, or is it just the same for everyone?

Ahhhh, thanks so much! I CANNOT WAIT to try this!!!! :)
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I will see if I can get a video made and posted to my youtube channel. The only issue is that I wont be able to post it until the weekend. The bottom line is that your router table kind of works like a router. The bit is stationary and as the stock is push through the jig, the cordless drill rotates the stock. The router bit trims the corners and you end up with round stock of the size that you want. Follow the tutorial that I made to make the jig and you should be just fine. Ask all the questions you like...I'm here to help.

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You're the sweetest!!! I CANNOT WAIT!!!
Woo Hoo!!!! Thank you for being so awesome!! My dad is kinda sick, so I'm trying not to be a slave driver! I will be waiting for the video, but take your time. I so appreciate it!!! :)

Thanks Ken!

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Somehow, I missed that thread of yours Kenbo. Though I don't know that I'll ever need a long dowel, that seems much easier than turning them on the lathe. Fair warning, when I get back from Kentucky, I'm stealing your idea and adding it to my collection of other stolen ideas.
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I get a lot of my dowels and knobs and such off ebay.... Just my 2 cents
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Dowel YouTube!!

Ken...that was amazing!!! AWESOME!!!!!
Thank you so much for putting the video together!
I CANNOT wait to try it!!!

I know you had a busy week, so thanks again for taking the time to explain everything and show how its done!! Ahhh, just sooo cool!!!

Thank you!!!


Here's the video if anyone else want to watch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu0kC...ature=youtu.be

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