How to taper dowels for tree trunks

Discussion in 'Tips & Tricks' started by Chaparral, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. Chaparral

    Chaparral Member

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    I just found my 4.8 volt battery op Dremel, still charged.
    I chucked up the ubiquitous double headed toothpick on slow, and using a dollar store nail board I turned a pretty convincing looking tree taper.
    This method would work on hardwood 1/8 dowels if you steadied the dowel above with a block of wood and pulled the sandpaper underneath or simply gripped the dowel with increasing pressure as you neared the tip.That's the theory.
  2. RonP

    RonP Member of the WMRC

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    I would pre drill a hole in the end of a dowel big enough for two trunks. Screw in a screw and chuck that baby up. Now put on a glove ( leather preferably) and wrap sand paper around the middle of the dowel, (remit rude quote here). Taper the middle portion leaving the ends thick.

    Cut in 2,

    Thats what I have done before.