Using Wooden Dowels at the Bench

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Dutiful Dowels

How wooden dowels can help bench jewelers

By Helen I. Driggs

I always keep a decent supply of wooden dowels, chopsticks, and skewers on hand and in as many diameters as I can find. I hunt for them in hardware stores, craft stores, and woodworking suppliers, and it’s amazing how many times a little piece of wood can save time, trouble, and thumbs in a busy shop. Here are four of my favorite dowel-centric shop helps and how to use them.