Introduction: Dowel Center Finder
An easy-to-make tool that accurately marks the center of wooden dowels.
Step 1: "X" Marks the Spot
As you can imagine, accurately marking the center of a wooden dowel (by hand) is a tricky task.
This funny looking 3-sided box gets it right every time.
Step 2: Cut the Parts
A scrap of 3/4" plywood is cut at the mitre saw. Two pieces are required measuring 3" wide and about 7" long.
Step 3: Form an "L"
Glue the two parts that were just cut into an "L" shape.
Step 4: Cut at 45°
Back at the mitre saw, the sides of the "L" piece are trimmed at 45°.
Step 5: Cut Into Two Parts
Splitting the previous part right down the middle. The resulting pieces will form the 3-sided box.
Step 6: Cut Dados
Shallow grooves are cut at the router table. This creates a slot which provide space for the utility knife blade. The two halves will be glued together... but for added measure, the knife blade is held in with a few strips of double sided tape.
Step 7: Final Glueup
Gluing the 45° mitre joint. Tape holds the parts together while the glue dries.
Step 8: Sanding
Any imperfections resulting after the glue up can be fixed on the disc sander.
The disc sander I use is made using a drill press. Check that Instructable out over here.
Step 9: BAM
Just two blows of a hammer and the center is found! Apparently I also got pretty close with the freehand mark on this one – I'm usually not that lucky.
HIGH FIVE for reading :)