What can I use instead of a wooden dowel?
For a super-strong joint that doesn’t require a lot of precise fitting, try using epoxy and all-thread rod as a substitute for dowels and woodworker’s glue. Drill your holes in the same location as you would for a dowel assembly, but make the holes about 1⁄ 16 ” larger than the diameter of your all-thread rod.
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.
What sizes do wooden dowels come in?
Pre-cut dowels are usually either 6mm (¼”) wide and 30mm (13/16″) long, or 8mm (5/16″) or 10mm (3/8″) wide and 40mm (19/16″) long. When buying specific equipment for dowelling, such as drill bits, drill stops and centre points, these sizes are considered standard.
How do you cut a dowel rod without a saw?
8 Ways to Chop Wood When You Don’t Have a Saw
- Use a sharp knife.
- Use a drill to cut wood.
- A sharp axe is a great way to cut wood.
- Use a sharp machete to split wood.
- Chisels are a satisfying way to cut wood.
- Routers make light work of wood cutting.
- A lathe helps you create ornate shapes.
How do you drill an accurate dowel hole?
Drill dead-on dowel joints
- Mark locations with a marking knife or sharp pencil.
- Use sharp brad point bits instead of twist bits (because you typically drill dowel holes on end or edge grain, which encourages twist bits to wander).
- Mount a stop collar to your bit to get consistent hole depths.