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Black Friday 10-Day Sale!

Thanksgiving is upon us. With only 3 days until the big turkey day, I’m sure your inbox has already been flooded with “Black Friday” email blasts. Aside from the increase in quantity, it seems that every year they come earlier and earlier. However, it’s not exactly a bad thing to have every website and retail store that you have purchased from over the past year to be aggressively competing with each other to offer the best deals as early as possible in attempt to entice you to spend your hard earned money. Retailers get a big boost in sales and you, as the consumer, receive some incredible deals. I suppose that would be what you call a “win-win”.

So, with that being said, we are pleased to announce that The Store at Cincinnati Dowel is offering a 20% off 10-Day Black Friday Sale. The sale starts today (11/20) and runs through Cyber Monday (11/27). Just use promo code “SALE20” at checkout to receive 20% off your entire order. I can’t guarantee that Cincinnati Dowel will have something for EVERYONE on your list, but with a little imagination and maybe a few basic woodworking skills, the possibilities are truly endless. Want to build some handmade toys for the kids? We have a wide range of craft and toy parts. Have a Grandma who loves to sew? Give her a nice thread rack to organize her collection of spools. Is your old man a woodworker? What better than to get him some Woodworking Kits to keep all of his plugs and pins organized. Oh you have a dog too? Fantastic! Our 1″ x 12″ Handi Craft Dowels make great toys to play fetch with your beloved canine. And if for some reason you have the burning desire to get primitive and craft a present with your hands but are lacking in the creative juices, just hop over to our Pinterest page  for some great ideas on how to birth that perfect, unique, wood-dowel-inspired holiday gift!

It is also important to point out that there is no stipulation this coupon code can’t be used to score a huge discount on some magnificent wood products for yourself. If for some reason you don’t believe in buying Christmas gifts, or if every friend and family member you have in your life hates wood, the by all means go ahead and treat yourself with some savings!

Finally, whether you use our products to craft something for yourself or another being, we would certainly enjoy seeing the final product. Please feel free to send us pictures or tag us on online through Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

Tis’ the Season for Savings!

Back by popular demand, Cincinnati Dowel is pleased to offer the Black Cyberday 20% Off Sale again this year! As a way to incorporate both Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, our Black Cyberday Sale starts Thursday 11/26 and runs through Monday 11/30. That’s 5 days of savings! Just enter “SALE20” when checking out to receive 20% off your entire order. We do not run many promotions throughout the year, so be sure to capitalize on this opportunity!

Whether you are working on some DIY projects or looking for some gift ideas for that woodworker on your list, The Store at Cincinnati Dowel offers a wide range of wood products. Also, since the holidays are approaching, be sure to check out our Pinterest page for some unique decorating ideas using dowels and other wood items.

If you haven’t visited our online store in awhile, be sure to check out some of our new items such as our exotic and rare woods and additional sizes and species of large diameter dowels.

From all of us at Cincinnati Dowel, we would like to wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Black Cyberday Sale!

Well the holidays are finally here. No, my Christmas tree is not up yet and no feast has been prepared, but you know the holidays are here when your inbox becomes flooded with “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” emails. Cyber Monday is a wonderful concept, but it seems that to get the best deals you have to actually go to the store (aka Black Friday). However, the problem with this le Friday noir is that they keep bumping up the start time. It was Friday 5am, then 4am, then midnight, and now there are some stores that are starting their Black Friday deals on Thursday afternoon! What better way to spend Thanksgiving than camping out in a tent outside Best Buy for 12 hours so you can save a hundred dollars on that new 50″ TV? Don’t get me wrong, I am all for saving money and finding deals, but I think we as a society have gotten some of our priorities mixed up when we are standing in line all day to buy stuff instead of spending time with family and friends on Thanksgiving.

So, in order to try and get things back on track, Cincinnati Dowel has proudly decided to close our retail store Thursday and Fright and offer our Cyber Monday deals online early! We shall call it…. Black Cyberday Weekend-ish! (Side note: I realize this isn’t the most catchy of names, but I have turkey on my mind and it was the best I could come up with. Also, we don’t really have a retail store, but that is neither here nor there.) From Thursday November 27th  thru Monday December 1st, we will be offering 20% your entire order. Just enter “SALE20” when checking out. To my recollection, this is the biggest discount we have ever offered, but what the heck, ’tis the season of giving right?

If you don’t have any upcoming projects that require dowels, remember that we offer a wide range of different products that might be of interest. Also, feel free to check out our Pinterest page for some DIY craft ideas that use dowels. The internet is literally overflowing with DIY Christmas decorations that you can make using something as simple as wood dowels.

So have a happy Thanksgiving, eat lost of turkey, and enjoy your Black Cyberday Weekend-ish courtesy of Cincinnati Dowel!!!


Bond with Savings!

There are many types of bonds in this world we live. There are bonds between 2 people with common interests, there are financial high-yield bonds known as “junk bonds”, there are bondsmen that help bail you out of jail, and there is even the famous 007 “License to Kill” James Bond. But perhaps one of the most prevalent types of bonds is the property of sticking two things together, and there is no better way create such a bond than with JB Weld products.

All of us here at Cincinnati Dowel & Wood Products are please to announce that we will now be carrying a line of these high quality adhesive products available through our online store. If you are not familiar with JB Weld, well then shame on you because you should be. They have been in business since 1969 manufacturing epoxy products that will bond things together until the end of time. Comparing JB Weld epoxy to regular glue is like comparing a rowboat to a monstrous 200′ luxury yacht. This stuff will stick more than Flick’s tongue to a frozen flagpole. There’s a reason their tagline is “Word’s Strongest Bond”. However, it was just recently that JB Weld released a line of wood related products to meet the needs of all of you woodworkers out there. It was at that moment we knew a bond between our two companies had to be made.

There is plenty of information on our online store regarding the different JB Weld products we now stock, but below is a brief summery:

JB KwikWood Epoxy Putty Stick

JB WoodWeld Epoxy Adhesive

JB Wood Restore Repair Putty

JB ClearWeld Epoxy

JB WaterWeld Epoxy Putty Stick

We are constantly looking to add new products, so if there is an item you are looking for and don’t see listed, please contact us and we will certainly look into carrying it. Also, feel free to post pictures or comments below regarding any projects where you have used our wood products or JB Weld epoxies!

Finally, as an added bonus to getting these great new products, we are also offering a 10% discount on your entire order when you purchase any of the JB Weld products through our online store. Just enter the coupon code “JBWELD” when checking out. This offer is only valid for a limited time, so don’t wait!

Keep Calm and Dowel On


SAVE 10% Off Your Entire Order!

As I am sure all of you know, 2 weeks ago we launched a brand new product line- Specialty Square Dowels! We sent out a email to all of our wonderful customers and offered them an exclusive 10% discount off their entire order when they purchase any specialty square dowels. Now that this sale is closing in on it’s final days, I realize that it was quite selfish of us to only offer this deal to previous customers. Therefore we are opening up this discount to the entire world (or at least anyone reading this blog).

From now through Friday, anyone who orders on our online store and purchases at least one Specialty Square Dowel will receive 10% off their entire order. Just enter the coupon code “SQUARE” when checking out.

You’re welcome world…

It’s Hip to be SQUARE!

Some things in life are fairly certain. You can’t have peanut butter without jelly, you can’t have gin without tonic, and most importantly- you can’t have round dowels without square dowels! Now, for the frequent patrons of the Online Store at Cincinnati Dowel, you are probably saying to yourself, “I couldn’t agree more, but you guys have always offered Economy Hardwood Square Dowels.” While this is a true statement, we at Cincinnati Dowel feel that we have not held up our end in providing you with a truly complete plethora of dowel products… until now!

It is with our utmost pride and sincerity that we are pleased to announce our line of Specialty Square Dowels! Hot off the lathe, we now offer Square Dowels in Oak, Maple, Walnut, and Cherry. Available in 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, and 3/4″, these Square Dowels are exactly what your woodworking projects are missing. If you are skeptical or don’t believe that there are many uses for square dowels, the you obviously haven’t considered pen blanks, shelf railing, wine racks, accent pieces, media racks, crafts projects, or other fine woodworking projects- just to name a few. There are thousands of uses for round dowels and just as many uses for square ones, it just requires a little imagination.

I apologize for any disappointment if you started reading this blog because the title lead you to believe there was going to be an intellectual discussion regarding Huey Lewis and the News or some deep connection to the classic film, American Psycho. However, hopefully this Earth-shattering news that Cincinnati Dowel & Wood Products now offers Square Dowels in Oak, Maple, Walnut, and Cherry will turn that disappointment into pure jubilee.

Until next time….



Looking to TURN A Profit?

Greetings from the blog at Cincinnati Dowel! I hope everyone has had a great summer and spent as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors- it has certainly been a hot one. Fall is soon approaching and while that does mean cooler weather, changing leaves, and of course… football, it also means winter is right around the corner. While some might love to go out and enjoy the winter wonderland, for most it means a lot more time spent indoors. So I ask you this, “What do you do in the winter to occupy your free time?” Television and other electronics are great and all, but they aren’t very productive or self-improving activities. So what about a new hobby? Ever considered wood turning? I would assume since you reading a blog on a website that sells wood products that you have some interest/knowledge in the area of wood, but it is doubtful that you have considered becoming a wood turner. However, maybe you should. It makes for a great hobby when the weather prohibits you from partaking in swimsuit required activities, and getting started is relatively simple. All you need is a lathe, a couple turning tools, and….. WOOD! (We don’t sell the first two, but keep reading for the inside scoop on the third)

Turning pens is very popular and a great place to start. Pens are small, easy to manage, and the basic kits are relatively inexpensive. They make great gifts and after a little experience, you can sell them and put a little extra spending money in your pocket. You can find all sorts of different species of wood to craft your new writing utensils, but trust me when I say that when you first start you are going to mess up ….a lot, and nothing is more frustrating when you blow out an Afzelia blank that you just spent $10 on. So where can you get quality pen blanks that have a good variety but won’t break the bank when you destroy your first few rounds? If you guessed Wal-Mart you are completely wrong. If you guessed Cincinnati Dowel, then you are an utter genius and deserve a pat on the back.

Our 3/4″ x 3/4″ x 6″ Pen Blank Assortment Pack is perfect for those new to the pen turning world. They consist of 12 pieces of exotic Malaysian hardwoods. Now, you may not have a list of exactly what is included in each assortment, but at less than $1 per blank, you can spend all day creating stunning works of arts, or a beautiful pile of failed scraps, all for less than the cost of a new DVD. But what if you are already a skilled pen turner? Then buy twice as many packs! These are quality blanks at a great price! You can give them away as presents, try out cutting new patterns or designs, or just stock up your portfolio with some exotic Malaysian species. Regardless of your skill set, it’s a win-win.

This post is a bit longer than I had planned, so I will wrap it up with this- As the season TURNS, if you want a hobby that will also TURN a profit, then learn to TURN pens by TURNING to Cincinnati Dowel and getting a few Pen Blank Assortment Packs.

Cheesy, I know, but its been a long day and this was the best ending I could come up with. Until next time…

Hooray for Opening Day!!

Are you craving peanuts and Cracker Jacks? Do you miss the smell of fresh cut grass? Do you long to be taken out to ball game? Well if so, then you are in luck because Opening Day is here!!!!! Now, I fully realize that everyone reading this post is not from the great city of Cincinnati or is fully aware of baseball’s history, so let me enlighten you. In my eyes there is only 1 Opening Day and that is in Cincinnati. Since the 1800’s up until 1989 the Reds always hosted the first MLB game of the season because the Reds were the first professional franchise in baseball- seems fitting. Since 1990 however, that tradition has been thrown out like yesterdays trash thanks to TV rights and money (blame ESPN). Regardless, Opening Day is still a huge event in Cincinnati and starting this year, thanks to city council, it is an “official ceremonial city holiday”. They close the streets for parades and make a all day event out of it. Nothing like the great American pastime!

If you are starting to wonder what this has to do with Cincinnati Dowel & Wood Products or any of the spectacular products we offer, be patient, I am getting to that.

I have been to a few Opening Days in my life but unfortunately this year I will not be in attendance due to work obligations. The Red’s organization realized this dilemma that many people face and came up with a genius idea…. Opening Night! There isn’t another parade, but the second game is an evening game filled with lots of festivities and fireworks. Thanks to my good friend Brad, I will be attending (thanks Brad).

Ok, so now that we got all of that out of the way, lets get down to how this relates to Cincinnati Dowel. We make wood dowels. Wood dowels are used to make wood bats. Wood bats are used in Major League Baseball. Major League Baseballs’s historic Opening Day in Cincinnati is today. No, we do not make baseball bats, but that is not the point.

Although ESPN is to blame for stripping the Red’s of this time honored tradition, they make up for it in other ways. While I was reluctantly watching the pre-game show last night they showed this video that I found quite interesting. It shows the entire process of making a bat from cutting the tree down to delivering it to the clubhouse. I wish it was being delivered to Joey Votto instead of Hanley Ramirez but oh well. Check it out below…

Who would have ever thought that there would be a video put together by ESPN involving making dowels with dubstep music? Anyway, watch the official Opening Day game between the Reds and Marlins at 4:05 pm EST today and be sure to check out Cincinnati Dowel’s online store to buy some wood dowels and wood balls.


Cyber Monday Madness

Everyone loves getting great deals especially around the holidays so it’s no wonder why “Black Friday”, the biggest shopping day of the year, is so popular. However, if you are anything like myself, you refuse to wake up at 3 am to stand in line outside a store, only to go inside and hopefully find what you are looking for, then wait another 3 hours in line just to check out simply to get a good deal. However, with every problem there is a solution. This stressful brick-and-mortar store experience, along with the continued growth of E-commerce, has created a much more efficient way to shop and still reap the benefits of the after-Thanksgiving sales…. Cyber Monday.

The Monday after Thanksgiving, a.k.a. Cyber Monday, is considered to be one of the least productive work days for office workers all over the country (3-day turkey binge eating+Monday morning at the office+huge online store discounts= low productivity). Why waste your entire Friday fighting for parking spaces and waiting in lines when you can make a few clicks Monday morning at the office and save just as much money.

Now, you might think this “Cyber Monday” is just for stores that sell toys, clothes, electronics, and other popular gift items, but you would be incorrect in your assumptions. Just because Cincinnati Dowel & Wood Products‘ online store doesn’t offer any 60″ LCD TV’s, kitchen appliances, or video games doesn’t mean we don’t get down with the Cyber Monday Madness!

To celebrate this post-holiday shopping fiasco, we are excited to announce that we will be offering 15% off your entire purchase on our online store. This discount is only valid for Monday November 28, 2011. Just enter the coupon code “15%OFF” in the coupon code section on the checkout page to receive the discount. You still must reach the $25 order minimum after the discount is applied, but with these savings I am sure that won’t be a problem. Just try not to max out your credit card.

So this year, in stead of going out and standing in line for 5 hours at Home Depot to get some shims or dowel rods, wait until Monday and then click on over to The Store at Cincinnati Dowel to pick up all the wood products you need at jaw-dropping prices. Just don’t let your boss see you!

Oh, and if you don’t have any need for wood dowels, plugs, or joinery items, but still want to capitlaize on some great savings at CDWP, check out our Cedar Toy Block Sets. They are American-made and make great Christmas gifts for children of all ages.

Let’s get Roasting!

So now that Fall has officially begun (it was Sept 23rd for those of you who pay no attention to the official seasonal calender), it is time to really get into all the great things that accompany this wonderful time of year. In my opinion, fall is the best season. It is not rainy like Spring, or scorching hot like summer, or frigid cold like winter. Fall has great temperatures and lets not forget…FOOTBALL! Thanks to all the marketing gurus out there, you can watch either NFL or college football pretty much every day of the week! Hallelujah! But before you get too excited and leave your computer for the nearest bar or cable-ready TV, allow me to finish because what I have to say will undoubtedly change your course of action.

In addition to the great weather, turning leaves, and of course, the great all-American sport of football, fall brings another great thing. Campfires. Whether its a small contained fire on your back patio or a gargantuan Ohio-State-Buckeye-after-a-loss bonfire, fall is the perfect time. Not too hot to sit by some burning logs and not to cold that you have to be on top of the flames. Now you are probably wondering how this pertains to Cincinnati Dowel. Well, not only do we also love Fall and campfires(away from our factory of course), but we have recently released a new product that is sure to heat up your campfire experience.

We now offer…Grilling Sticks! (Applause). Now when you are sitting out by the fire with friends and family you can whip out a pack of our beautiful 1/4″ x 30″ blunt-pointed wooden Grilling Sticks to grill hot dogs, roast marshmallows, or cook kabobs. They come in packages of 4, but depending on how big your fire is or how many friends you have, you might want to purchase several packs (I recommend an even 20 packs). If you are feeling ambitions and would like to order a full pallet worth, just give me a call and we can work something out.

Okay, enough talking about it, just click to The Store at Cincinnati Dowel and order a few packs before halftime is over and we will get them shipped to your residence as soon as possible.

 There is no “I” in “Team”, but there is an “I” in “Grilling Sticks“, three of them actually.