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I purchased the plan to build the marble drop toy. I cannot locate a supplier for 9/16" dowel called out in the plan. Craftparts.com does not carry that size. Any leads??

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It is not uncommon for small retailers and big box retailers to change suppliers and at the same time review previous sales histories prior to restocking.
It looks to me like the 9/16" dowel is one of those products they have elected to drop.
     Not a problem ... the 9/16" dowel can be easily substituted with the next size up, being 5/8" or even next size smaller being 1/2".
With the ball size being 1-1/2" and the gap between the peg and the ramp around 1-3/4", changing the dowel stop/deflector diameter will not affect the ball drop.
     Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
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Thanks for the help Udie. I will go with 1/2 inch.
     Did you also know that it seems 9/16" drill and Forstner bits are hard to find? I found one supplier of a 9/16" Forstner bit online and it was a wood tool supplier.  I needed one for a project I was working on and that's what started my search. I figured, no sweat, just run over to the local hardware store and get one! No way! What's with the 9/16" anyway? Most suppliers will jump from 1/2 to 5/8".

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Hi Frank,
     We have a set of Forstner bits that include a 9/16" bit. A quick search on Rockler's website and they carry a 9/16" bit: http://www.rockler.com/individual-standard-forstner-bits-high-carbon-steel-standard-forstner-bits-3-8-shank.
     But as Udie mentioned you can feel confident in substituting a 1/2" or even a 5/8" bit for the 9/16" bit called out in the plan set and everything will still work great!
     We'll look forward to seeing photos of your finished Marble Drop!
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Hi Cynthia,
On the marble drop, I'm assuming all the rounded corners are 1/2 in radius?
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Hi Cynthia,
I looked up Rockler. yes they have an excellent selection. Thanks for the lead.

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Hi Frank,
You are correct. The rounded corners are all 1/2" radius.
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on my marble drop i used 12mm dowel  for my one as it is easy to get from uk home diy shops.gary
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Wood-Dowel.com or Craft-Wood.com sell them high quality maple dowels. 
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