Dowel jig has perfect cuts pegged
I needed a number of same-length dowels
for a recent project. To keep my hands
away from the tablesaw blade while cutting
these, I made a dowel-cutting sled that
allows me to make multiple cuts of
identical lengths safely and accurately.
First, I cut a 1/4" slot 1/4" deep across the
sled that safely holds dowels from 1/4" to
7/18" in diameter. Next, I attached a 1x2
clamping fence to the sled as shown, and
clamped it to my miter gauge so that the
distance between the right-hand edge of
the sled and the saw blade equaled the
length of the dowel I wanted.
To make multiple dowels, I slide the
dowel stock so that it’s flush with the edge
of the jig, make the cut, and then back the
sled out of the blade. Sliding the dowel
stock to the end of the sled again safely
ejects the cut-off dowel and readies the
next cut. You can cut additional kerfs in the
sled, if you like, for different lengths of
dowels as needed.
— David Ramsey, Cleveland, Tenn.