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Taking a Dowel Joint Apart

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3) Drill a hole. If alcohol around the outside of the dowels has no effect, drill a hole into each one, and squirt alcohol inside. Wait a few minutes while it soaks through the wood, then try to yank out the dowel with pliers or side cutters.


4) Add a screw. A dowel that's broken near the surface is tough to grip with pliers. So drive a small screw into the dowel, then pull it with a claw hammer.


5) Clean up the holes. After removing the dowel, take a twist drill the same diameter as the hole and turn it by hand to clean out any remaining glue or chips. You're almost certain to change the hole's shape if you use an electric drill.

You may notice that the old dowels failed because they were sitting in a little glob of glue at the very end of the hole. Let's not repeat that mistake.

Replace the old ones with fluted dowels that you've coated with glue. Daub glue all around the inside of the holes, too. You'll form a solid bond that should make the joint last a few years longer this time.


 

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