Step 8: Making/Installing the Dowel
To make a dowel you will need a dowel plate. In my case that is a 1/4" thick steel plate with various sized holes from 1/16" to 1". I work in metal fabrication so I had one cut at work on a CNC laser. I then etched the hole sizes so I wouldn't have to check each time. Making a dowel isn't too hard, cut a small piece of wood 3/8" x 3/8" x 1 - 2 " then the fun begins.
Remember how they used to scold you for trying to put a square peg in a round hole? Now's your chance to prove them all wrong! Drive that square peg down with a mallet. Beat it till it fits! If it really won't go at all just go up a size, knock some of the corners off and try again. It does help to take a pocket knife and round off one end to help it start off.
After your dowel is complete carefully take a chisel and scribe all around it at about 1/16" height then push a little harder on the chisel and roll it around pushing a little harder each time till it breaks off. Be gentle on this step because its really easy to destroy your dowel by smashing it too hard with the chisel.