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Drill dead-on dowel joints

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Horizontal misalignment
Dowel Center
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For dead-on dimples, tighten the
clamps only enough to pull the
mating pieces together loosely,
fine tune the alignment, and tighten.
Dove joints on drawing
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Metal jig
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Slide a brad point bit through the
jig and into the dimple. While
holding the bit in place, tighten
the jig to the workpiece; then drill.

Horizontal misalignment

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, 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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Comments (1)
jgensic1 wrote:

I am a beginner. This was simple, clear, and will make this process doable with better quality.

11/5/2013 02:04:46 PM Report Abuse

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