wooden dowels will not fit the hole I drilled

by Harold D H
(Albuquerque New Mexico)

Q:

I bought 3/8" oak dowels but they do not fit
into the 3/8" hole I drilled why?

A: Unfortunately that isn't uncommon. Dowels are often only a close approximation rather than exact size. If they have to be exact you can make your own on a lathe, or with a tool such as this dowel and tenon cutter available from Lee Valley Tools.

You can also look into other sources for dowels that are actually sized correctly. I can’t give you any particular brand off hand, but I’m sure there are some out there.

Good luck!

As an aside, here is a fun article on miniature turning if you want to get excessive about things.

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