1/8" hard maple dowels?

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  1. Riscchip

    Riscchip Supporting Member

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    I'd like to find some 1/8" diamter maple dowels for doing some neck repairs. Maybe my google skills are failing me today, but I'm having a heck of a hard time locating these online. Anyone know a good source that will take small orders?

    While I'm at it, do you know anywhere that has small diamter dowels in other guitarish woods like mahogany?
     
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    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    try woodcraft, or hardware and hobby stores in your area (some things are actually easier to get in meatspace instead of online).
     
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    Thanks mate, I'll check that site out.
     
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    RandK Silver Supporting Member

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    I've gotten 1/8" maple dowel rod at ACE Hardware in 36" lengths but that may not match grain/color to whatever you are doing. A local hardwood lumber store would be better than paying shipping. Mahogany is pretty soft for 1/8" but I've seen 1/4" at Rockler and Woodcraft stores but again color can be an issue.
     
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    Good news: OSH carries 'em as many hardware stores
    Bad news: rarely exactly 1/8", usually a bit under.
     
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    Thanks guys.

    I may looking into making some myself, too. That's a good idea that I hadn't really considered. That way I could get the grain going the right way, too.

    Thanks!
     
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    A good way of making wooden dowels is to have a piece of heavy duty steel plate. Drill a hole the diameter you want your dowel and place the steel tightly in a good vice or clamp it over a hole in your workbench. Cut a piece of wood of the dowel material slightly bigger than the hole in the steel and then using a mallet, hammer the wood through the hole. Try and keep the lengths of wood around 12-14 inches as the longer it is the harder it is to keep straight and unbroken. I have a piece of quarter inch thick steel plate about 4 inches square with a full set of imperial and metric sizes from 1/16th" - 1/2" and 1mm - 15mm. Some of them I have never used it was just a fun and practical tool to make one day I was bored.
     
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    TAVD Guitar Player Gold Supporting Member

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    I did the nearly the same. I left the burr on the bottom side after drilling the holes and inserted the dowel into the burr end. Chuck the dowel into a cordless drill and cut it down.
     

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