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Rogue Stall Bar 3.0 is rated
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Dowels need to be sanded in order to be functionalThis was a bit of a disappointment for me considering Rogue's normal quality control. While the metal components and dowels go together perfectly, and the entire unit mounts flawlessly to my half-rack, the oak dowels are not in usable condition out-of-the-box.
To give you a sense of what I mean, when I pulled the first dowel from the shipping box, I received a tiny sliver in my hand. As I carefully removed the rest of the dowels I noticed that many of them were not properly sanded to remove all burs. I contacted Rogue about this and another issue (the dowels were improperly labeled as maple on the site), and to their credit they offered to take it all back. Score another point for their customer service.
After chatting with a woodworking friend, he recommended sanding them and finishing them with tung oil (non-toxic). (Note: tung oil is not tung oil finish, which does have toxins.) I did just that, which took about five hours in total, and the results are pretty amazing.
These are not currently up to the normal Rogue value standard (where cost meets quality), but they can be made so with some effort.