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06.11.2014, admin  
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One of the first real woodworking ‘tricks’ I learned was how to join two boards together without using metal fasteners. While my first woodworking project wasn’t anything to look at, it marked a real monkey-and-the-monolith moment in my woodworking avocation – using wooden dowels to join project parts together.
Using dowels is a tried and true woodworking technique that stretches back thousands of years ago.
The dowel material can be a simple ambiguous ‘hardwood’ dowel picked up in a home center, a dowel of a specific species ordered from a supplier or even one you custom turn from a treasured blank on your lathe. While these joints can be made with a drill and the right sized bit, there is a product that allows for through dowel joints that get extra bite.
If you are looking for more flexibility, there are some high-end doweling jigs that offer even more usefulness. When it comes to the hidden dowels themselves, you can certainly use lengths of store-bought dowel cut to size, but there are also dowels designed specifically for the task. Creating dowel joints really boils down to three simple steps: aligning your boards, drilling holes for the dowels, and gluing everything together. To create the dowel joint, in addition to the pieces of whatever you're building, you'll need dowels, a drill, a square, wood glue, and clamps. When creating dowels, I like to align my boards by clamping them together with the sides that will eventually have the holes facing out. I mark the center alignment of where I want the dowels on each board individually, and then use a square to mark the center of each dowel on both boards.


The depth of the hole should be half of the length of the dowel (plus a little extra for glue), if you're using a jig, you need to account for that as well. A jig will help keep your bit square to the board when drilling which is key to making a dowel joint work. If you're not using this particular type of jig, this is where dowel centers come in handy. You'll want to dry fit the boards with the dowels first, to make sure everything lines up as expected. This is one of those joinery techniques where every trick-of-the-trade comes in handy, if you have any great tips for dowel joints, let us know.
I had gone to a building supply store that was going out of business to buy wood, hinges and a special tool I had heard a lot about – a doweling jig. The Miller Dowel system relies on a tapered drill bit and specially formed dowels that step down in diameter. This is when you drill mating holes into two parts of a joint and insert a length of dowel that’s hidden from view.
The DowelMax and Joint Genie are two models that allow you to drill just about anywhere and get accurate holes. These dowels have flutes or spirals carved down their sides to allow room for excess glue to move to, preventing hydraulic pressures from letting the joint come together.
The easiest way I see to dowel the miters without going through a hassle is to drill the dowel holes after you lay out the miters but before you cut them.


Dowels are a simple way to make glued joints even stronger by using small pegs to keep things together. It certainly seems like creating a dowel joint should be easy, but it requires a lot of patience and attention to detail to do one correctly. A dowel jig will clamp on to your boards and move vertically between them, ensuring your holes are aligned between boards. You can set the depth of your hole using a stop (usually included with the jig) or the age-old method of wrapping some tape around the drill bit. Once you're sure the pieces fit together correctly, apply glue to the end of the dowels and insert them in the holes on one board. Then you align the boards and press them together, and the dowel center will leave a mark at the exact spot you need to drill on the opposite board.
These jigs no only help ensure the dowel hole is centered on the edge of the board, but also perpendicular to the face you are drilling.
The downside is that it won’t be quite as strong as managing to dowel across the 45 angle, but should help reinforce the miter joint. I’ve seen through dowels being used to affix breadboard edges on tables, to join sides to fronts on drawers – even just for decoration.



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Comments to “Woodworking Using Dowels”

  1. UREY:
    Useful piece of furniture to have, when you're educating your.
  2. oO:
    Work properly for most small.