Video: Trying to eyeball the exact centre of anything is a bad idea, especially when you’re working with dowels. This DIY dowel centre finder is cheap and easy to make, and works like a charm.
You can buy tools that help you find the centre of dowels at the store, but in this video from the Toolify YouTube channel, host Kriss shows how you can turn two pieces of scrap plywood into one for cheap. Assuming you already have some basic workshop tools and wood glue around, the only item you might have to buy is some utility blades. Once you have your two pieces of plywood attached and the glue dried, a few angled cuts and gluing the blade in the centre is all it takes. When you want to find the centre of a dowel, rest it in the corner of the tool and tap it lightly with a hammer. Then rotate the dowel and do it again. The blade will make barely visible marks that intersect and show the exact centre of the dowel.
How to Make a Dowel Center Finder [YouTube]
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