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Several years ago I made a dowel plate (of 1/4" iron plate) by drilling holes increasing by 1/16th from 1/8" to 1/2" with the hope of making dowels of different hardwoods. The first dowel attempts always came out crooked. Made a matching 3/4" thick base of poplar hoping the extra length would keep the dowels straighter but no luck.
Roy Underhill made it look easy when Cincinnati still carried his show. Has anyone ever had success making dowels with a dowel plate? If so, willing to share a secret or two? Thanks.