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I need to cut down an oak dowel 5/8 to fit in a 5/8 hole. They do not seem to make a 9/16 version. I tried sanding on it outside for about 15 minutes with not making progress. I finally put my belt sander in my vise upside down and it worked pretty fast but there was dust everywhere. Can you think of an easy way to do this without making a lot of dust? I do not have a lathe. I was thinking maybe a piece of curved broken glass would work but I have not tried it. What do you think?
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spoke shave would be the safest and easiest...
mage a scraper to do it in place of a spoke shave...
forget the glass idea unless you like stitches...

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It was either Matthias Wandel or Marius Hornberger on Youtube who had a video of a dowel maker. Basically, it was a flat chisel clamped to a jig, the inside hole of which was at the finished diameter while the outside hole accommodated the larger stock. The larger piece was chucked into a cordless drill and fed into the jig. The shavings, IIRC, were more like from a lathe and less like a sander.
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Sounds like a couple of good ideas. Would the spoke shave need to be curved? My dad had one but I did not end up with it. I will work on this as I need to make a half dozen or more. I will try to find the video for the jig.
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Get a piece of steel flat stock. Drill the diameter hole that you need. Clamp the steel into a vice or screw it to a table. Chuck up the dowel in a hand drill (you may have to pare it down to fit a 3/8 chuck (or 1/2"). Taper the other end slightly, and start it into the hole in the plate. On a slow speed spin the dowel as you feed it through the hole in the plate. The sharp edge of the hole will start shaving the dowel and it will size down to the diameter that you need.
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All these great ideas. I new there was an easier way than making a cloud of dust.
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If you have good dust collection on your router, you can roll the dowel over a straight bit. There are a bunch of videos on router table "turning". Here's one on custom dowels, you could do this by hand without the drill for a larger dowel.


another, using the table saw instead

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Get a piece of steel flat stock. Drill the diameter hole that you need. Clamp the steel into a vice or screw it to a table. Chuck up the dowel in a hand drill (you may have to pare it down to fit a 3/8 chuck (or 1/2"). Taper the other end slightly, and start it into the hole in the plate. On a slow speed spin the dowel as you feed it through the hole in the plate. The sharp edge of the hole will start shaving the dowel and it will size down to the diameter that you need.
two reductions come out cleaner on that...

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Get a piece of steel flat stock. Drill the diameter hole that you need. Clamp the steel into a vice or screw it to a table. Chuck up the dowel in a hand drill (you may have to pare it down to fit a 3/8 chuck (or 1/2"). Taper the other end slightly, and start it into the hole in the plate. On a slow speed spin the dowel as you feed it through the hole in the plate. The sharp edge of the hole will start shaving the dowel and it will size down to the diameter that you need.
...and if a drill is not available, a hammer will surely do the same...it would be good to have something underneath to keep the piece centered...

...just adding...
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...and if a drill is not available, a hammer will surely do the same...it would be good to have something underneath to keep the piece centered...

...just adding...
ditto on the hammer...

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