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Small Diameter Wood Dowels

Wood dowels come in a variety of commercially available sizes that range from 1/12” up to 3” in diameter and larger.  These dowels are produced on different types of equipment based on production efficiency as well as available stock of wood allowing optimal yields.  While the larger diameter dowels of 1 ¼” and up are typically made from rough sawn squares run through a single rod dowel machine such as a Hawker-Dayton, smaller diameter dowels are made on various types of molders using sawn boards and even veneer. Making round shapes from square or rectangular stock generates considerable waste, so yields are closely monitored to produce the most cost effective product.

When people hear the term wood dowels, they generally think of larger diameter dowels, such as wood handles, broom sticks, banner dowels and tool handles.  Many people don’t realize that smaller diameter dowels are found in interesting and varied application, particularly in the health and food industries.  Manicure sticks are typically 5/32” in diameter with ends pointed and / or beveled.  Originally intended for the cosmetic industry, these dowels have found considerable application in the electronics industry as a non- conductive, heat-resistant tool for assembly and repairs.  While often called orangewood sticks, these small diameter dowels are made almost exclusively from white birch.

Another important application of small diameter dowels is for wooden skewers.  Wood skewers are typically produced at diameters from 1/8” – ¼” that range from a couple inches up to 10” length for large scale food processors .  The end of a wood skewer is pointed to varying degrees of sharpness depending on the food it must pierce, balanced with safety considerations for the end users.  Dense meats require a sharper point than chicken or vegetables do.  Apple sticks have a blunt point to ensure kids and adults have a safe experience working their way through the caramel or candied coating.   Some large scale producers use automated equipment during their process and packaging, requiring extremely accurate dowel diameters, so as to not jam equipment.

While bamboo has been imported during the past decade, white birch dowel reigns supreme as the wood of choice for skewers and food applications based on its smooth grain that does not splinter and it is tasteless.  White birch dowels have been used in the food industry for more than a century, having early beginnings in Maine with production of small diameter dowels for the lollipop market, long before the development of rolled paper sticks used today.

Smaller diameter dowels are also popular with crafts. As you can see, when you think of “dowels” now you can think of the benefits and uses of small diameter dowels and their place in everyday life!

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Do You Need to Reproduce a Broken or Missing Baluster or Spindle? That’s Our Specialty!

Reproductions of staircase parts is one of the things we are known for. You can bring by or mail a sample of the product – or, email pics and sketches. We work to make sure you are thrilled with your finished product. While we do generally work with quantities, we can match small orders as well. So, get in touch for a free quote! And, visit the photo gallery for ideas.

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What is the difference between hardwood and softwood? Learn which type of tree has which type of wood and which type of wood is best for certain applications – wood dowels, for example, are usually made from hardwoods.

Announcing the 100th Anniversary of H. Arnold Wood Turning, Inc.

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H. Arnold Wood Turning, Inc. Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary

TARRYTOWN, NY – January 2019- H. Arnold Wood Turning, Inc. is celebrating its 100 year anniversary. The longevity of this company’s success can be attributed to their ability to adapt to the changing environment within the wood products industry.

“Today we really take the time to get to know and understand our customer’s needs,” says Vice President and fourth generation co-owner, Jonathan Arnold, “This coupled with excellent customer service and competitive prices sets us apart from our competition.”

H. Arnold Wood Turning, Inc. is a well-known name among businesses that purchase items for a variety of their wooden requirements. Their product categories include broom and mop handles, turnings, mouldings, dowels, crates/boxes, shaped and flat parts to name just a few. The thing that really sets them apart is their ability to customize products to suit their customer’s unique needs.

The company is also well known for its custom architectural components. These items include but are not limited to wood balusters, finials, newel posts, spindles, and columns.

About H. Arnold Wood Turning, Inc.

Herman Arnold and his son, William, founded the company in 1919 in Brooklyn, NY manufacturing turnings.   Now a full fledge wood products company offering a diverse range of products, the company is led by Herman’s grandson Bruce Arnold and his great-grandson Jonathan.  Other key family members include Melissa Arnold Friedman and Ann Arnold.

Those interested in inquiring about H. Arnold Wood Turning products and services can visit www.arnoldwood.com or contact melissa@arnoldwood.com or call 914-381-0801.

Wood For Displays

Wood is an ideal medium for displays large and small. Wooden racks for magazine display, wooden point of purchase displays, wood baskets and barrels to hold promotional items. Baskets and racks can be small enough to be displayed on table tops or large enough to be freestanding.  Display food, wine and gifts in a wood box or crate. Wood tables are attractive and functional. Wood displays can also be as small as boxes for table tops that hold menus and napkins. You can add your logo to any of these displays through printing or branding. Silk screening, painting and staining are added features. Make your display stand out – personalize it. To see creative examples of wooden displays, click here.

Ash Wood

Ash is a type of hardwood that is actually part of the olive family.  American ash is gray-brown in color and European ash is creamy white to  light brown. Ash is an excellent wood for bending and is used extensively for  furniture parts and products such as bent umbrella handles and bent parts for  boat building. It is an excellent wood for turning objects such as tool  handles, baseball bats, shovel and ax handles because it is very hard and  resilient. It  is also a good dowel wood and is used for poles, bars, broomsticks and ladder rungs. Because it is tasteless, it is also often used to turn wood bowls. It is  also used as the body of acoustic and electric guitars.

Where Can I Buy Wood Dowels?

You’ve come to the right place! We sell a huge variety of sizes – at wholesale prices! Check out our Wood Dowels Page

How Are Wood Dowels Made?

Blocks of wood are fed into the moulder, inside the moulder are knives that form/mold the block of wood into dowels.