Mid-week tool sneak peek no. 23

February 29, 2012

The problem with most commercially available dowel stock is that it’s some nondescript wood that’s been milled, not turned, who know’s where! So what this means for the average woodworker is that it’s never perfectly round and seldom accurately sized.

The best solution around this issue is to make your own in the shop. It’s a great use of scrap wood and also gives you a chance to potentially create some stunning looking accent pieces for your projects.

You don’t need a lathe or even to spend time using a spokeshave to create you’re own dowels or rounded tenons on a rustic project. Instead, all you need is a hand drill for power, some slightly oversized square cut stock and a square socket to power the stock through the Veritas Dowel and Tenon Cutter…actually you don’t even need the hand drill, you can do it all by hand if you wanted.

To see it in action, checkout the second half of Samantha’s Mirror Frame project – Mirror Frame Pt 2

Standard features include:
* Can be used hand-held or with a power drill/driver.
* Cut either tenons on the tips of turnings or create
your own dowels from species of YOUR choice.
* Works well with soft, green or hardwoods.
* Blade can be resharpened as needed.
* Available in 3 diameters – 3/8″, 7/16″, and 1/2″.
* Optional straight blade available for tapered tenons.
* Adjustable carbon-steel blade in a plated zinc-alloy body.

image thanks to Lee Valley Tools Ltd.

For more information on these and other great tools by Lee Valley Tools visit their website at www.leevalley.com.

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  1. Brian Glendenning says:

    Does it ever need to be sharpened?


  2. Matt says:

    It will need to be sharpened depending on frequency of use, but the blade is easily removed by undoing a couple of screw and then rehoning the edge.

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