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3 In. Diam. Wooden Dowels
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 03:24 PM
Anyone know where I can find wooden dowels that are 3 inches in diameter for a price far less than the close to $50 that I've been seeing on the internet thus far? I've only really checked Home Depot. Any and all advice is welcome. Thank you very much.
Posted 30 January 2010 - 01:46 AM
how about a wood fence post they are 3 or 4 in
Posted 30 January 2010 - 01:54 PM
I searched online at Home Depot and Blains and couldn't find round fence posts. But, this is definitely a step in the right direction. Thanks!!!
Posted 30 January 2010 - 02:18 PM
a couple of questions like what kind of wood, how long? glued up pine turned on a lathe would be easy for anyone with the lathe and the most basic turning skills or if someone started with a 4X4 they could turn it down rather quickly......decoy blanks in basswood would work the same, fins something 3 inches thick and turn it round....an easy turn
Posted 30 January 2010 - 08:34 PM
Unfortunately, I don't have a lathe. I guess I could build one with a drill and some spare pieces of wood or something like that, but at this time, I don't have one. My original dowel came from a spare table leg in Malaysia. Can't seem to find that style here in the US. Madison, WI to be specific. I am open to any ideas that won't kill my checkbook.
Posted 30 January 2010 - 10:27 PM
how long of a piece are you looking for, how many and what kind of wood?
Posted 30 January 2010 - 11:49 PM
Try a cattle feed store or a fenceing place.
Posted 31 January 2010 - 09:22 AM
Fencing posts, what we used to call peeler poles, are the centers of trash trees, grown quickly, and soft and prone to shrinkage.
Some are pressure treated or dipped in preservative, which is supposed to give them longer life as fences.
I think you'll be disappointed if you're looking for the same performance as you got from a Malaysian hardwood, which are typically very oily and stable.
I don't know what you're using the 3" dowels for, but, unless it truly needs to be a round dowel, I think you'd be better off gluing up some stable wood into a blank that's the right size, and going from there.
If it has to be a dowel, go onto some wood working sites online, and see if there are any turners in your neighborhood.
Generally, hobbyist turners, and wood workers in general, are very generous and helpful.
If you live in SoCal, and are willing to drive to the LAX area, I have a small lathe that will turn 3". PM me.
Edited by mark poulson, 31 January 2010 - 09:27 AM.
Posted 31 January 2010 - 03:23 PM
@ cz75b - I am looking to use three inch sections of a 3 inch diameter dowel to make no more than 10 or 12 lures. This is merely for my own education, curiosity, and amusement for part of a fishing lure design. I prefer a softer wood as I do not have the tools at my disposal that I used to. Again, any help is welcome!
@ Mr. poulson - Unfortunately, I live up in the snow-covered beer-guzzling land in the northwoods otherwise known as Wisconsin. If I were in SoCal, I would definitely be interested in using a lathe and also inviting you out for drink to ask about other lure building advice! Thank you though.
Posted 31 January 2010 - 03:47 PM
How about shovel or rake hoe handles, some of these are quite fat and are turned round, just dock them off to length????Pete
Posted 31 January 2010 - 03:48 PM
Sounds like what you need is a hardwood stair handrail.
Posted 31 January 2010 - 07:11 PM
G T Hunter call an ask one of does places/
work worker supply co 603-273-4418
hall lumber sales 608-863-7071
Stock building supply does mill work 608-846-5445
Senger lumber inc 608-356-6395
they are in or around madison
Posted 31 January 2010 - 09:02 PM
Posted 31 January 2010 - 09:16 PM
Try Mid-West Dowel. www.midwestdowel.com. They stock & make different types of wooden items. Paul Dan
Posted 31 January 2010 - 10:10 PM
@ hazmail - I will be running past blaines this week and will definitely check some out!
@ mudcat - I will check these out. This is a lot of possibilities here so thank you very much!
@ Paul Dan - I will check out the site you recommended in the morning. Thanks!
@Tom in Sweetwater - Actually, I was looking at those for a spin-off design I've been thinking about on and off for three months now.
To all: I am really shocked and grateful that there are this many people who are willing to help somebody with an absolutely blockheaded, numbskull idea that most people have written off as complete lunacy even though my first prototype was covered in teeth marks. I am going to run down the resources suggested and see what I can find. Thanks again you guys!
Posted 02 February 2010 - 11:06 AM
Just be sure to post some pictures of your tooth marked lure. Fish are always the best judges of a lure.
Posted 02 February 2010 - 11:58 AM
I already chopped up the original prototype to make the newer design that I am sure will work even better. Once it is built, I want to test it before I show it to anyone just in case it sucks. If it rocks like I think it will, I will definitely post pictures of the lure with the fish it caught!!!
Posted 02 February 2010 - 12:38 PM
try woodcrafters.you can find them online