How to Make Your Own Fluted Dowels Using a Handsaw

No need to panic when you're out of fluted dowels

Family Handyman

With the nearest hardware store about 15 miles away, I’ve learned a few tricks to save on driving. If you need to glue a dowel and you’re out of the fluted version, just make your own. Put a smooth dowel in your vise and drag your hacksaw over it a few times to roughen up the surface. You’ll create the grooves that the glue and air need to escape when you drive in the dowel. — Billy Potter

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