Trimming Wooden Dowels

Decorating By Walls1971 Updated 27 Jun 2009 , 11:55pm by JenniferMI

Walls1971 Posted 26 Jun 2009 , 9:34pm
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What do you use to trim your wooden dowels? I can't seem to get a smooth edge when I trim. . . there must be a better way!

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moxey2000 Posted 26 Jun 2009 , 9:38pm
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I cut mine with a Leatherman tool and then rub the ends on sandpaper.

kokopuff Posted 26 Jun 2009 , 9:41pm
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I have read on other sites but haven't actually tried it but it said to use a pencil trimmer so that it gives you a skewered end.I normally use a wire cutter for mine which never gives me the straight edge that I try for,seems to work ok.anyway.I'm sure someone else will have better advice for you.

Walls1971 Posted 26 Jun 2009 , 9:47pm
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I have used the pencil sharpener before, but only for the 'down' side. I'm trying to trim the 'up' side icon_smile.gif

cakewalkky Posted 26 Jun 2009 , 9:48pm
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I have had really good luck using dog nail trimmers - depending on the circumference of your dowel. I just thread the dowel through the trimmer, cut and remove. Sometimes there may be a jagged edge and I just use the trimmer to take it off. very, very quick!

Walls1971 Posted 26 Jun 2009 , 9:54pm
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Cakewalkky. . what a great idea! I think I'll try that!

mom2abc Posted 26 Jun 2009 , 10:11pm
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me too! Thanks

Liz23 Posted 26 Jun 2009 , 10:14pm
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I guess my cat's nail trimmer would work just as well. Great tip!!

tmr137 Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 4:10am
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Try a gardening pruner. I just bought one today on sale at Menards for $3.98 and it works great.

PinkZiab Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 4:52am
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I use an xacto razor hand saw, which gives a fairly smooth cut, then I rub the ends on some fine sandpaper for good measure icon_wink.gif

This is what it looks like (the larger tool with the red handle)


Rylan Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 4:57am
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I use a serrated knife and then rub the ends on my countertop.

JenniferMI Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 11:55pm
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I use garden pruning shears...they cut like butter!

Jen icon_smile.gif

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