Dowel Jig

OK, I’ll admit there are a billion and one ways to assemble pieces of wood, and I say if it works, it’s good, so why use dowels? Use the band saw again to make a 3 inch incision down the line you previously marked in step 3. Use another clamp to fasten tightly the jig to the band saw table. 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. This opens up doweling to waney edge work which cannot be achieved with clamp style jigs.

Another setback many people encounter getting dowel jigs of their choice is that they are limited on the choices they make. Since I was on a bit of a deadline, and the 6mm accessory kit hadn’t arrived as yet, I needed a doweling option to suit. Doweling jigs that act as drill guides have metal bushings or sleeves into which the drill bits are inserted.

Pocket hole screws are a wonderful way of joining to prices of wood, as long as you don’t mind the hole it leaves, and you don’t mind the gaps that can easily appear through the growing and shrinking of wood. Forcing a tight dowel pin into a hole that’s too small will certainly split a rail or stile end. The Wolfcraft-3751405-Dowel-Pro-Dowelingjig kit is made of cast aluminum making it very durable. If you are jointing two boards at a corner – example gluing up face grain to end grain – the dowel definitely adds strength, and adding more will increase strength. From now on you won’t need to go to a specialized shop to rip or lot your dowel you can do it yourself.

The nice thing with dowel joints is that they’re hidden so if one of my holes was a little off, I just drilled another set an inch or two away and everything worked out fine. The Dowel- It jig works as well as any out there for your purpose, but before I put any money on the table and since your need is currently for one project, I’d play with shop-made jigs first. The Wolfcraft-3751405-Dowel-Pro-Doweling jig gives you precise drilling in an easy to operate device.

I’ll save you any suspense and tell you the two key factors for dowel joints working out well in the end are precise measurements and accurate hole-drilling skills. I can say, without a doubt, I absolutely love my pocket hole jig and I probably use it monthly if not weekly. The precise engineering of the system is something other jig makers should really be ashamed of. I can certainly recommend this system with my highest praise. 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.

Step 9: Drill the dowel holes in your face frame parts (see Photo 7). The order of how you drill the parts doesn’t matter; just make sure to align and clamp the jig carefully so the dowel centerpoint lines on the jig are even with the layout lines on your workpieces. After I wrote the first version of this post I happened to spot a $28 dowel jig at Lowe’s, and so the second half of my bathroom vanity had some very straight, very easy to drill holes. The diameter of the dowel to be used should be roughly half the thickness of the stock being joined. The result was as expected – a pretty much perfect fitting and aligned dowel joint.

It is a large amount of money to pay for a doweling jig, no one is doubting that, but you are certainly buying a top quality item that I’m sure will take some punishment and still be plowing out dowel joints in 30 years time. Dowel jigs are evenly cut round sticks of wood, which are inserted into holes and the corresponding boards to form a joint. There’s more than one way to make your dowling holes but the simplest is using a jig. Dowel joints are not as strong as M&T joints that will fit into the same space.

Now with the 6mm drill bit guides inserted and the drill depth collar set for half the length of a 6mm dowel (plus a fraction more so the dowel doesn’t bottom out and create an open joint) I was ready to get to work on my 11mm thick pine face frame material… but hold the phone… a problem. The 30 Year WOOD Magazine Collection on USB thumb drive will be available soon. For your cabinet doors, I’d look into the biscuit joiner if the split is even and consistent (like the edge of two pieces of wood), or look into the tenons and mortising jig if it is more of a puzzle to put them back together.

Comes with just a tad too much machine oil on the product so give it a good wipe before you use it on your good wood. You also will end up with the potential for the split to keep showing up in that spot since the hold of pocket holes isn’t as strong as glue to wood. Self-centering dowel jigs for thick timbers: the dowel jig opens to a full 6 inches. Not every picture frame material will lend it’self to use with a doweling jig, but those that do will allow for a very strong 45 degree joint. What I haven’t seen is a good face frame doweling jig, and I prefer cabinetry with face frames. A metal jig to mount to your bench to make dowel joints for woodworking projects.

The only cautionary note to joining making joints like these, that is, those similar to drawer joints, you will need to watch that you do not drill through the wood. My doweling jig is simply a block of maple scrap with steel bushings super-glued and pressed into it. I took a great deal of care in aligning the holes with a fence and stop blocks with my drill press so everything was as precise as possible. That said, if the equivalent American-made jig had been in stock locally, I’d’ve purchased it instead. The thing that is left out of the instructions is that you need the DOWELING ACCESSORY SET WITH THE JIG. These dowel jigs used to be much more common in the days before biscuits, pocket screws, etc.

But for less than $60, a self-centering jig with removable drill-guide bushings handles most doweling. The clamp and the jig work great otherwise and the wide selection of collets will keep me busy being able to make new holes. 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. If you’re not using this particular type of jig, this is where dowel centers come in handy. Drill a combined hole a little longer than the total dowel length i.e. just over half a dowel length in each piece.

I believe that out of 10 kreg owners, 3-4 may be in the trade and the balance just like me, love to work with wood, just don’t know enough about it and I’d love to become involved with wood more as it’s most amazing when you take a piece of stock and turn it into something…magical – yes! Use a pencil and put a dot in the middle at the bottom part of the piece of wood.

Determine the spacing you want between your dowels, and mark two layout lines on the jig that start on the top and wrap around the drilling area on the notched side: these will serve as handy alignment aids when using the jig. You have now indexed the Dowelmax jig and can drill your second hole in any drill guide you desire… in this case, guide number 5 would give you a set consistent distance between your dowel holes. For amateur or part time woodworkers, a DIY dowel jig or something very similar is a great option for everything from framing and boards and joining end to end or edge to edge, to drilling and cam placement.

Most of the corners of the aluminium parts are very pointed, to the extent that one drew blood when I accidentally knocked my hand against it. 5 minutes with a file and my jig is safe again. The Grizzly-G1874-Improved-Dowel-Jig is a self-centering jig that will accommodate wood up to 2 inches thick. A jig will help keep your bit square to the board when drilling which is key to making a dowel joint work. A brad point doweling bit cuts a cleaner hole in wood than a jobber bit which is optimised for metals and may tend to grain follow. While you can do this manually, this is also where the dowel jig comes in handy.

Step 4: Measure the outside diameter of your bushings; they’re probably 3/8 in. Clamp a fence to your drill press table to back up the jig blank and align it for drilling. For those people who want excellent quality joints and are not using dovetails of box joints, the dowel is a perfect alternative. It’s the second set of bushings that’s the key to eliminating the darn jig flipping.

Secondly, because the workpiece registers on the two stainless rods that hold the jig together and guide the floating central part, you cannot accurately dowel anything narrower than the distance between them. You use the other set of bushings on the jig so again there’s no need to flip the jig around. A commercially available doweling jig and drill guide may be a good investment.

I could use a hand drill, but there’ll be 4 cross pieces per side and across the base which with 2 pieces of dowel per piece per end is 160 holes – which is a lot to guarantee getting perfectly straight. I actually own a dovetail jig and the necessary router bits that we bought back when I was working on the office desk. When it comes time to assemble a dowel joint, always clamp up the parts fully without glue first to see if any dowel holes have been drilled too shallow. The dowel joint should have clamps that allow the boards being joined to be drilled simultaneously. The dowel max kit has a professional quality and its brass and steel components make it a durable system.

Push a dowel centre into each hole drilled on one side of a joint, bring the mating pieces of wood into alignment, then push the two pieces together tightly. All claim to speed up the process by making it easier to quickly align and drill dowel holes for accurate joinery. This kit came with new bits and depth stoppers, which is way fancier than my usual method of putting a piece of painters tape around the bit. I never bought a pocket-hole jig because I prefer to use a doweling jig and wooden dowels, coupled with glue – even for simple wood joinery projects.

Nature of work you will do with the jigs: the most important factor that determines the type of dowel jigs to buy for your woodwork is the nature of work you can do with it. If you want to drill woods, you can look for a material more suitable for that. If wood joinery concepts didn’t exist it would be impossible to join two pieces of wood and all woodworking pieces would be made out of one piece of wood like sculptures. Woodpeckers new precision machined cross dowel drilling jig makes using cross dowels easier than ever.