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Some time ago, I saw a jig that made dowels with a straight cutter. The stock was fed through a box on which the router was mounted. I'm interested in this method because I'd like to make lots of "people" for toys. I need to be able to cut different diameters in the same dowel. The article has escaped my memory (along with a lot of other stuff).
The box is not a problem. It's holding the square work at either end that has me stumped.
I don't have a lathe!
Any ideas or links? I'm sure this has been done before. I just haven't been able to find anything.
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Wait a minute, Gene! Don't you have a Shopsmith? In which case you have a perfectly good lathe. In fact some buy them just for that purpose.

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Some time ago, I saw a jig that made dowels with a straight cutter. The stock was fed through a box on which the router was mounted. I'm interested in this method because I'd like to make lots of "people" for toys. I need to be able to cut different diameters in the same dowel. The article has escaped my memory (along with a lot of other stuff).
The box is not a problem. It's holding the square work at either end that has me stumped.
I don't have a lathe!
Any ideas or links? I'm sure this has been done before. I just haven't been able to find anything.
Thanks, guys.
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Bj, I like that nice little "toy". Wished I could afford sumpton like that.

Gene, if you have some bull nose bits, you can make perfect dowels with the RT quite easily.

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Hi Ken

It's hard to justify the cost of one of them one, when you can walk in just about anywhere and pickup tons of dowel rods.


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Bj, I like that nice little "toy". Wished I could afford sumpton like that.

Gene, if you have some bull nose bits, you can make perfect dowels with the RT quite easily.



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It's hard to justify the cost of one of them one, when you can walk in just about anywhere and pickup tons of dowel rods.


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Wait a minute, Gene! Don't you have a Shopsmith? In which case you have a perfectly good lathe. In fact some buy them just for that purpose.
I do!
No gouges/skews, no tool rest, no live centers = no lathe. Nice saw, drill press, disk sander, horizontal borer and band saw though. It's also an excellent platform for my router table.

When I first got the Shopsmith, I did a whole lot of turning. Gradually lost interest and sold all the lathe accessories.

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Hi Ken

It's hard to justify the cost of one of them one, when you can walk in just about anywhere and pickup tons of dowel rods.
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No kidding!
But I want to make dowels with grooves and square parts on the same piece. Lathe would be the tool, but don't have one. Got a few routers, though.

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HI Gene,

I'll still stick with my original suggestion, Bull Nose bit. You can make the "figures" any length and still have some square parts.

Just in case you're worried about what sizes are available.
http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shops...s/bt_bull.html

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HI Gene,

I'll still stick with my original suggestion, Bull Nose bit. You can make the "figures" any length and still have some square parts.

Just in case you're worried about what sizes are available.
MLCS bullnose and train track router bits
Thanks, Ken.
If I go that route I'll definitely have square parts left.
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