Birch yoyo axle?


(Spinworthy Glen) #1

Does anyone here know how well birch wood performs for yoyo axles?


#2

This Company has been around for decades…

They seem to Love Birch for its’ durability properties.

Obviously they don’t make yoyo axles; but they know a few things about wood. And Birch is their go to choice for their products.

…And they sell Birch dowels in 1/8 inch, 3/16ths and up.

Get a bag of dowels and save some cutting time, haha…


(Spinworthy Glen) #3

Thanks, Doc.

Researching birch a little more, there are differences in durability in different types types of birch; yellow and sugar birch being the stronger and paper birch being the softer.

I ask because birch is virtually the only hardwood in 1/4" that I can import here to Australia, no kidding. Nothing else at all is avaliable to buy at all. I need 1/4" because that is the size of the pilot hole drilled in each half from my circle cutter. There’s some in 6mm available here, but this is .35mm thinner than 1/4 so it’s a sloppy fit.

The lack of availability of 1/4" hardwood dowel is so scarce that I’ll need to build a dowel making jig for my router table and make my own.


(ed) #4

They’ve worked pretty well for Tom Kuhn since 1976 or so. :wink:


(Spinworthy Glen) #5

Thanks Ed, but Ive finally been able to source some 1/4" walnut dowel.