For this, you will need:



1. Once you have cut your wood to a square section, you can use a coin to draw around on the ends.

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An alternative method would be to use an appropriately sized brace bit to score the surface and mark the circumference. To do this, use a steel rule to make a mark from each corner to corner to find the centre position, use a square awl to create a lead in for the bit.

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2. Use the steel rule to mark the corners at roughly 45° on the end section, follow these lines down the side.

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3. Use a long clamp to hold your wood in the vise horizontally. You can either use a plane with a heavy cut to remove the four corners or use a spokeshave. Take full length shavings as evenly as possible along the entire length.

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4. Once all four corners have been removed your cross section will be an octagon, keep turning your wood in the vise and remove all the smaller corners.

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5. Once you have taken off the corners and you’ve nearly reached a round surface, switch between a card scraper and abrasive paper to smooth the shape.

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1 Comment

  1. Harold on 21 November 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks team. This refreshed and old mans memory and I have a use for it on a project I’m working on. I’ve used this before for a round tenon on a cane but didn’t think about using it to make a dowel.

    Thanks Harpld

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