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Dead-on dowel joints

Butt joints
Ruler on board
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Make a single fine pencil mark
across the stile and rail. The
doweling jig will space dowels
the same distance apart on both
pieces, making a second line

Butt joints

For a simple butt-joint, first label your parts. To ensure perfectly mating joints, number the joints 1 through 4 on each piece of a four-sided assembly before marking the dowel locations, photo right.

We positioned these marks to center two 3/8" dowels 1 1/4" apart on 31/4"-wide frame parts. You can add more dowels for increased strength, but avoid spacing them closer than 1/4". And leave at least 1/8" of wood between the edge of the dowel hole and any surface of the workpiece.

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