Find the center of a dowel in two blows of a hammer. Hits the sweet spot every time!
A common challenge that comes up in a woodworking shop is marking the center of wooden dowels.
It’s definitely easier said than done.
A search on the internet turned up this awesome center marking tool by Veritas. It’s almost perfect – I just don’t like that it leaves such a big dent in the wood.
I figure I can make a better device for my needs, by using a utility knife blade as the marking tool. That should leave behind a much less conspicuous mark. Still good enough to find the center, but no bigger than need be.
I got right into this project by cutting down a scrap of 3/4″ plywood. These pieces are 3″ wide and about 7″ long.
I’ll glue them together…
…and check for square.
When the glue dries, I take this back to the mitre saw and cut off the sides at 45 degrees.
Then make a straight cut down the middle to separate into two pieces.
These will come together just like that, and support the utility knife in between.
At the router table, I’ll make a slot for the knife. This is basically just a very shallow dado.
For added measure, I’ll also be securing the blade with double-sided carpet tape.
And now the two halves can be glued together using painter’s tape as a clamp while the glue dries.
So there it is, a quick center finder.
This little tool is going to come in super handy when I’m making my wooden threaded dowels.
Although – I guess this time my freehand line was pretty good, I’m usually not that lucky.
3/4” Birch Plywood
9mm OLFA Knife Blades
Double Sided Carpet Tape
Painter’s Mate Tape
Festool MFT/3 Multifunction Table
Festool KS 120 Miter Saw
Woodpeckers Mini Square
Festool Ratcheting Quick Clamp
Festool Screw Clamps (2 pack)
DeWALT DW611 Router Kit
Whiteside 1/2″ Straight Router Bit
Starrett 18AA Automatic Center Punch
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