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Drill dead-on dowel joints

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Sloppy fit
Crooked dowel hole
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Caliper with blue numbers
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Before heading to the home center
to purchase dowels, tuck a caliper
in your pocket. Measure before you
purchase to ensure they'll fit.

Sloppy fit

Problem: I set the jig up correctly, but the, dowels still fit sloppily in the drilled holes.

Solution: Check that the dowels have been made to precisely the rigtht diameter (below right). Mass-produced, commercially available dowels may be manufactured slightly over or undersized, and, like most wood, swell or shrink with humidity change. If the dowel size matches, it may be that your jig's guide holes have become worn and imprecise -- leading to sloppy dowel holes. Replace any guide hole inserts, or, if the jig doesn't have them, discard the jig.


 

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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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