Ok, you know that drill bit that you cut doorknob holes with (that I can never remember the name of [img]/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]), well, do they make one kinda like that about 3/16" in diameter for cutting round dowels?
Other than that, know where one can find hard maple dowels?
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If you have any wood craft stores near you, they would carry a bunch of different dowel sizes and wood types including maple. There are also a bunch of places on the internet to find them like this place. . You can buy a dowel cutter too. Most specialty wood working tool places should have them. Good luck!
You should be able to find 1/8" diameter dowels at a decent hardware store. They may not be made of maple though. I bought some a whole back and I ended up getting them at True Value, I think since Home Dept didn't have them.
I have a similar thing I need to do.. I'm gonna see how much a local tech is gonna charge to fill'n'drill the holes, if I feel it's fair I'll just pay him to do it..
otherwise I'll figure out how to dowel out the holes before I drill new ones myself... don't have my own drill but I can probably borrow one from work (bowling alley)
Hi NEWC, you could cut a piece of maple about 6mm square and place this in your drill press making sure it spins true then with a course sandpaper and block sand it until it is round and to the diameter you want and then cut it to size add glue and fit it in the hole you want to plug and there you have it. I have done this many a time with plugging trem post holes that have shot it and also where you convert a vintage style trem to a 2 post Floyd works a charm hope it helps. Kammo1
What you can do is make your own dowel making saw. Get some metal rod stock froma craft or hardware store with an inner hole size matching the size of the dowel you want to make. Then use a Dremel tool with a cut off wheel bit to create teeth on the bottom edge. File the teeth sharp, chuck it into your drill and start drilling. My teacher had a bunch he made by hand so we could make plugs out of rosewood, ebony, ash, etc..