I was in a panic!
I thought I had some 1/2 dowels, but when I got
there, all I had were like 9/16". Lots of them.
I had taken apart an old crib and it had all these
glorious dowels. Only they weren't 1/2". They had been made
oversized. Probably some regulation.
So I ran right down to the boutique hardware (groan)
only to find the cupboard bare. Who doesn't stock 1/2 dowels?
Back home again...
I needed a dowel shaver!! I wasted some time messing
around with a piece of wood and trying to cobble up a working blade.
Your standard pencil sharpener type dowel cutter. It would have
worked, but what, do I have unlimited tome for a few dowels? It's
not like a needed a permanent tool to cut thousands.
I knew drilling a hole and pounding through would
probably work (dowel plate). I mean, it always works for short small
But... This time I needed 6-7" X 1/2". I figured I
needed a cutter.
Here is what I came up with. Quick n dirty but it
Drill a hole in a piece of scrap steel somewhat near
the edge. Take a hacksaw and remove some metal to form a crude
scraping cutter. Stick a dowel in a drill and turn it as you push.
It worked a treat, except drilling the exact size I
needed (1/2") made the dowel too small... So I reamed the hole in my
steel just a little, and tried it again, and voila!!
Dowels tight enough I had to knock in, like I am
used to. It only took me 5 minutes to make it. Another 90 seconds to
cut a 2' dowel.
Just wish I could have thought it up that fast!
OH well, such is life.