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UK: hardwood dowel query
    #8894957 - 09/08/08 08:19 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Hi All,



With autumn apporaching Im looking forward to breaking open my bags from FP and starting some experiments with Reishi, Maitake, Trametes and Hericium. One of the things Id liek to try is the dowel > cardboard > dowel sequence Stamets describes (loosely) in Mycelium Running. That way Id get to produce more dowel spawn for more unlikely-to-succeed experimentation!



Has anyone got any ideas on sourcing suitable hardwood dowels in the UK? I can buy small bags of softwood dowels in B&Q but hardwood ones are eluding me.


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Rob


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Re: UK: hardwood dowel query [Re: RobB]
    #8932222 - 09/15/08 10:26 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

You want spiral grooved carpentry oak or birch dowels. Think furniture and fasteners and wood glue. I'm in the US so I can't help much more than to tell you what the things are actually used for. I was able to obtain a multitude of local sources and several online but none were as cheap as I could get them from a millwork contractor I know who buys them in 55 gallon buckets for shop use.

Mycosupply sells them as well. I grabbed a few bags on some clearance sale a while back for dirt cheap.


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Re: UK: hardwood dowel query [Re: debianlinux]
    #8932705 - 09/15/08 01:11 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Hi,

Thanks for that. I've had a brief look around here (UK online) and options seemt o be a bit limited. There are dowel suppliers but they don't tend to offer the sprial grooving. But you're right - I should ask about at the user level and get in touch with some furniture makers.

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Re: UK: hardwood dowel query [Re: RobB]
    #8932768 - 09/15/08 01:23 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

I always used dowels without the spiral grooving, with the lenghtwise instead, and it worked just fine.


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Re: UK: hardwood dowel query [Re: Anno]
    #8933296 - 09/15/08 03:03 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Thanks Anno - that's good to know. The straight grooved dowelling is relatively easy to come by.

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Re: UK: hardwood dowel query [Re: Anno]
    #8945099 - 09/17/08 06:36 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

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I always used dowels without the spiral grooving, with the lenghtwise instead, and it worked just fine.



I would expect any hardwood dowel to be sufficient. Sorry to be so specific in my post. There are also carpentry dowels that have parallel axial V-Grooves cut about the circumference of the dowel that should work just fine as well. The spirit of my post was that you can scavenge local proprietors for cheap dowels if you have the wherewithal to make some connections.


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