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post #1 of 5 Old 09-19-2017, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Q for the dowel affectionatos

First, my preferred method of using dowels to hold things together is with spiral cut, however it's time consuming to cut the spirals and store bought fluted dowels tend to be a tad too small so I cut my own from longer dowel rods and am trying the pliers method of creating the fluted parts. I read somewhere, I don't remember where that the pliers method is pretty good because it compresses the wood which later expands inside the hole with the moisture from glue..
What say you? I'm trying the pliers method for the first time with both oak and poplar. I ran out of oak and had some leftover poplar to work with..
Any significant difference between the various methods anyone can think of? I'm ok with either except for the store bought types. About half usually are just too lose from my experience..


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We manufacture case work using fluted dowels. They are very consistent in size, snug fitting. All the flutes allow some of the trapped glue that gets pressed to the bottom to be squeezed back up the flutes, better locking the dowel than the more traditional spiral flute ones. We mostly use 8 x 35mm, beech or birch. I think they are available in small quantities for home shop use. Ours come 4000 to the box, but we use automated bore and insert machines that are quite intolerant of over sized dowels. Slick machines if you ever get to the point of using a lot of dowels. 1.2 seconds to drill, blow the dust out, inject glue, drive the dowel and move to the next location (CNC.) Another option for you if you want to size imperial dowel rod is to buy one of the steel dowel fluting/sizing plates and just drive the dowels through with a hammer.
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Lots-o-pegs or Un montón de clavijas
ready for assembly after the ol legs stop hurting..been on my feet most of the day..


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Nice idea Larry, but I'm not quite rich enough yet. I have to get my uncles to come back to life, get rich and write me into their wills before kicking the buckets again and hope I don't die before they do..

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Is there a particular brand of dowel you use? I have thought of getting in touch with these guys.. Manufactured spiral flutes.. Kind of cool looking just by themselves..
http://www.justjoinery.ca/default.aspx?content_id=3619
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