Drill dead-on dowel joints
Problem: After drilling the edge of one board, I'm having trouble duplicating the hole spacing on the mating piece.
Solution: To ensure mating dowel holes, skip measuring altogether and use dowel centers (3/8" dowel centers, #42366, 800-279-4441, rockler.com). First, use your jig to drill all the dowel holes in one of the two mating pieces; then slip a dowel center in each hole (as shown below right) and clamp the joint together. A dimple left by the dowel center shows you where to drill the mating dowel hole. Locate the doweling jig over the dimple and drill the hole (bottom photo).
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