I was recently working on a project that required a centered hole in one end of a 11⁄4" dowel. Lacking a tool to help me find the center, I resorted to pencil and paper.

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Drawing of putting a round paper template on top of a dowel.

I was recently working on a project that required a centered hole in one end of a 114 " dowel. Lacking a tool to help me find the center, I resorted to pencil and paper.

I traced the circumference of the dowel on a piece of paper, then cut out the circle. By folding the disc into quarters, the intersecting folds located the center. I placed the disc on the dowel end and pierced the center with an awl.
—Rick Melpignano, Enfield, Conn.