Hollowing Small Dowels: A Suggestion, and a Comment
Issue: Issue 304
Posted Date: 7/3/2012
time out, the responses to the question "How Do I Hollow Small
Dowels" in last issue's Q&A section brought forth an
additional suggestion -- and a commentary. - Editor
was reading the current ezine and came across the Q&A section.
One question was how to drill a 3/32" hole in the center of a
5/16" dowel. I have a method that I have used in similar
instances that I would like to pass on. I take a piece of wood 1"
x 1" x 1-1/2" long. I set it up on my drill press, clamping
it to a jig to keep it centered and vertical, and drill a 5/16"
hole in the end grain 3/4 of the way through. Leaving the piece of
wood clamped to the drill press so that I am working with the same
center point, I drill the rest of the way through the blank with the
3/32" drill bit. Then I unclamp the piece and flip it over. I
slide it over my 5-1/16" dowels, and clamp it to my drill press.
Then I use the block that I have made as a guide. Drilling slowly
into the dowel, this block will keep the bit from wandering as you
drill the end grain of the dowel. If you have a lot of pieces of
dowel to drill, consider making the drilling guide out of hardwood
or, better yet, HDPE [high density polyethylene]. Both of these will
wear well." - Glenn Deppe
response to the question 'How do I hollow small dowels' by Tim Inman
was, by far, the best response to a question I've read in your eZine.
Straightforward, unopinionated and crystal clear. Note: being an old
curmudgeon, this is a rare event when I've something nice to say."
- Bill Dawson