Making Hardwood Dowels
Choose your own lumber and diameter to produce custom dowels for pinning small joints
Sometimes a project calls for dowels in a diameter or material that can’t be store bought. In this video, Christian Becksvoort, a contributing editor to Fine Woodworking, shows how to make 3/16-in. diameter dowels from cherry, using scrap lumber and a dowel sizer. This quick technique doesn’t take much time and will allow you to add that extra bit of custom work to your next project. In a companion video, Becksvoort demonstrates a simple jig to align and drill holes to use these custom dowels in pinned joinery. The dowel sizer used in this video is available from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks.