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Drilling out a dowel

Joe in a Cleveland suburb
My daughter's husband asked me if I could repair his broken Menorah. It has some family history to it and he would like to keep and continue using it.

Someone has tried to repair it by just gluing it back together. Gluing end grain to end grain never seems to work so well... :b

Basically it seems I need to somehow drill out the center of essentially dowels and replace with another dowel.

Any suggestions on how I could do this accurately? I have a benchtop drillpress and a lathe. Although I don't see how I could use the lathe. I think I might be able to make some kind of v-block to hold the pieces vertically and drill them but not sure how I could get each piece exactly centered.

Looking for some ideas.

Thank you as always.

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