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blackwolf

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When building a vehicle make sure you have enough of the SAME dowel to do the axels.NOT the same size but the SAME dowel. I figured this out the hard way after gluing wheels in and finding out that the finish is HUGELY different.Toy is still cool to a child but the "Adults" will point it out...
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Thanks Blackwolf
I learned the same lesson the same way you did.
Also, i found for my own use anyway, the dowels need to be sanded before using as axles.

They fit better, and work much better when they are smooth.
I always sand the whole dowel before i cut them into axles because it is much easier to hold the longer dowel when sanding rather than the smaller cut parts.

Note:  must be careful when sanding not to flatten one area.

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Okay, question. Clarify. So, if I am using MDF, Plywood, or whatever, Lowes only carries (at least the one in my area) has Poplar wood dowels. So, what then? Or maybe I don't understand what you are saying..
 

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They are saying to make all your axles from the same dowel. They will be the same size and look the same when finished. 
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