Can you turn wood without a lathe?
You can’t turn something without a lathe, but not all lathes are equal. You can chuck a piece of wood in a drill and then your drill essentially becomes a lathe. You can make round items by hand too as dusty said. You don’t have to buy a lathe to make the items you want.
Can you use a drill as a lathe?
When you’re tight on space, but need to turn some wood, consider using your drill press as a lathe. Woodturning is a great hobby, but lathes take up a significant amount of space in a workshop. But when you’re in a pinch and want to turn something quickly, you can set up a vertical lathe using your drill press.
How do I make my dowel smaller?
For a 3/8″ dowel I drill a 23/64″ hole thru metal, and then pound the dowels thru the hole to reduce their size a smidgen. Seems to work great, and during glue ups, after applying glue there is a snug fit without needing to pound the dowels into the holes.