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Simplifying straight lines on dowel rods

If you've ever tried to draw a straight line down a length of dowel to mark hole locations, you know how difficult it is to hold a straightedge along a round surface. Not only is that tough, but dowels are rarely straight. Here's the solution.

For a dowel 3/4" or larger, place it in the miter slot of your tablesaw. Push the dowel into the slot until it's straight, and then draw a straight line where the edge of the slot meets the dowel. For dowels smaller than 3/4", cut a small dado into a scrap board and use the same technique.

Thomas Luc, Laurel, Md.


Comments (2)
woodhaug wrote:

Hi Guys. What I do next is leave the dowel in the slot but lay a magnetic ruler right next to it , rotate the dowel CCW and mark off my measurements flat to the saw table.

2/25/2010 03:18:43 PM Report Abuse
skeet3t1 wrote:

Excellent idea! A piece of U-channel would do the same thing.

2/25/2010 03:03:44 PM Report Abuse

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