Originally Posted by bajanKnit
Gorgeous Needles really great....But how do you know what size dowel to get and how do you get the point I would love to try it at where i live don't have a wide selection of needle sizes....
HA! This is the fun part! I walk into Home Depot, or the hardware store or any place that sells dowels with my handy dandy needle size thingy and basically grab a dowel and see which hole it slides through.:grin: Whenever there seems to be a tight fit, I just sand them with my electric sander until they go through the holes easily.
I cut them to about 12 inches and use a blade to whittle the ends. Then I use about 3 different grits of sandpaper to finish off the tips. Matt got me a small plane and some other cool gadget but they really don't work as well as that cutting blade.
I burn the sizes into the wood before I stain them and then sand it all smooth again.
All in all, minus the staining, it probably takes less than 30 minutes to make one pair.