Chicago Dowel Company has the capability of manufacturing millions of dowel pins- both plain and pre-glued – per day. Stateside manufacturing is all conducted at its 100,000-square-foot facility located at company headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.
Over a half-million board feet of the highest quality kiln-dried lumber in a multitude of species may can be found in stock at any one time.
The first step in the manufacturing process is molding. Boards of lumber are drawn into large molders via rubber infeed rollers. Two heads containing mill-to-pattern knives shape the round dowel out of the board. Molder knives are constantly sharpened which allows for the strictest of diameter tolerances on the molded board.
After the molding operation, rods are fed into holders in a machine called a pincutter. The pincutter is the part of the process where a dowel rod becomes a dowel pin. The pincutters purpose is to cut the rod to a predetermined length, as well as to form a chamfer on both ends of the dowel pin.
At Chicago Dowel Company, Quality Control occurs each step of the way – from the log to the pin. To learn more about our Quality Control Processes, please click the link below.
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