10 Uses for Wood Dowels
This handyman helper can be cut down to size for big and small projects
There's more to these woodworking staples than reinforcing joints. Give them a whirl with these ideas.
Use the end of a small dowel to push in grout around a faucet or a hard-to-reach corner.
Apply contact cement to the underlayment and the backside of laminate that is starting to lift. Lay a dowel across the counter, then roll it while pressing down so that the laminate adheres evenly.
Using a jigsaw, cut a 6-inch circle from ¾-inch scrap wood. Drill halfway through the disk's center with a ½-inch Forstner bit. Fasten a ½-inch dowel to the disk with a 1½-inch wood screw. Slip on a roll of twine.
No pin? Use a 1½-inch (or bigger) dowel to roll out dough. Before you use the dowel, rub mineral oil on it and wipe off. Flour your rolling surface so that the dough doesn't stick.
Thread a dowel into the bottom hem so that it lays flat.
Cut two same-size squares from ¾-inch scrap wood for the top and bottom. Using a ½-inch Forstner bit, drill holes at the four corners for equal lengths of ½-inch dowels. Use wood glue to secure the dowels in the holes. Set a glass-enclosed candle inside.
Mark the interior sides of a bookcase where you want to add a shelf. Drill holes for an equal-length pair of 5/16-inch dowels. Use wood glue to secure the dowels; set the shelf on top.
Toast a wintry treat over a crackling fire during the cold months. To minimize charring, soak 3-foot sections of small dowels in water for at least 30 minutes beforehand.
Cut a 1½-inch dowel to your desired length; the rod should extend at least 3 to 6 inches past the sides of the window casing. Drill pilot holes in the dowel ends to accept threaded cabinet-knob finials; hang on brackets.
Roll wrapping-paper remnants around a large dowel; secure the paper's end with low-adhesion painter's tape.