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Finishing Dowels

A couple years ago, I built a project that included quite a few dowels. As the project was being designed and built, I really didn't give the dowels too much thought — until I had to stain and finish them all. I soon found out that trying to brush finish on dowels can be a real chore. Not only is it time consuming, but it's easy to miss a spot too.

After a bit of experimenting, I came up with a quick fix that made the job go a lot quicker. I simply taped a couple of foam brushes together, as shown in the photo. This way, all I had to do was run the brushes down one side of the dowel and then the other, and I was done.


finishing dowels
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