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I had a bunch of dowels to cut so I Goggled to see if I could find a faster or better way than what I have been doing. I didn't.  I was really surprised at the lengths people will go to to be able to cut a quarter inch dowel on power tools. Table saws even. They must love making jigs.

My fancy dowel cutting jig:

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Not only is this faster than any jig I looked at, I didn't have to build anything. It's a failed experiment in building a wrench rack from BC plywood I pulled out of the trash. 

BTW the Japanese saw in the photo will cut through most dowels in a single swipe.


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This is genius stuff. Thanks for sharing.
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ummm I don't know man that is just to simple, I sorry but you got to have them fancy jigs or your buddy's think you are a throw back to cave man days' [tongue][rolleyes]

But I like simple. I usually cut them on the bench with a small version of your saw that i got at hobby lobby. I have a small work board that has a square raised board. simple and the little saw makes short work of them pesky dowels [thumb]

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Mine took some work but it was really for cutting brass tubes. I make pens and sometimes you need to cut the brass. Starting using for dowels. It didn't out very good but it works and I can set the stop for repeatable cuts.

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I didn't know they made a a chop saw that small. I bet it works pretty good.
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The only problem with my setup is that the spring clamps get harder to squeeze the more dowels you cut. I cut over a hundred last night and quit when my hand started cramping. I might need to dig out one of those cam clamps I have hid around here some where and see if I can rig a better/easier system.
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I didn't know they made a a chop saw that small. I bet it works pretty good.


Bob, I think it's made by one manufacturer, I bought mine at Penn State Indust but it had some wood fittings for brass tubes. They also sell it at Harbor Freight and Amazon. For small stuff, it works great but not sure how long it will last.

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I found it at Harbor Freight. I would be concerned about the saw blade. I did a quick search and could not find replacements.

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Hi Bob - I have two of these permanently set up - one for brass rod with a fibre blade and the other for dowel work. I think there are a range of blades available from Harbor Freight asd Dremel. My may drop-cut saw is a PROXXON MITRE SAW KGS 80 - just does anything and its a standard 85mm blade with a 10mm bore ... hope that translates into something standrad in USA mate!!!

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Forgot to mention that the blades for the Harbor Freight unit are 2" - fairly standard.
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Yes the KHS 80 is availabe here. I got sticker shock when I saw the price $256 US. I wonder if one of their blades would fit the Harbor Freight saw?

I probably wouldn't buy one anyway. If I wanted to cut them more precisely I would make a little miter box.

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You're in luck - the KHS 80 is over $360 over here!! The blades don't fit the Harbor Freight unit as they are too big - but HF carry the wood blades, again far cheaper than over here!
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I tried to cut dowels on the table saw. They got launched all over the place. It needed a easter egg searching party to find them. I now use my vise and a japanese saw.

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HF 2 in., 100T Mini Bench Circular Saw Blade 3 Pc - #42805

And here they are.

Now I'm a bit interested. I might actually come up with a good reason to try one of these. Although for now I prefer my handsaw. It's quiet and doesn't throw dust all over the place.

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Hi!  If I need a bunch of dowels the same length, I tape 3 or 4 together and cut them with my scroll saw.  A lot quicker than one at a time.

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