Our goal is to mortise and tenon a dowel in a pinch.
I ran out of 1/4" dowel but I grabbed a 1/2" on so I'll just do a mortise tenon joint with what I have.
Instead of shaving and sanding away the top part of the dowel to 1/4". I'm going to cheat and use my bandsaw.
I'm doing this holistically.
1. Cut a little bit by estimating 1/4". Hold tight as the bandsaw cut down and naturally spins. It will cut too deep or fly off the table if you do not hold on tightly.
Step 1: Cut Lengthwise With the Dowel
Thank is ok. Go a little larger than smaller. You can always shave a little off afterward but you cannot gain material back.
Step 2: Make It Look Better
turning my dowel.
Mind your drift, mine drifts left so I'm going to accountant for that to the best of my ability.
Step 3: Sand and Finish
I am going to leave mine jagged with lots of texture since I'm going to pound mortise into the tenon with some glue.
Voila! There you have it.