I have several dowel issues that came up while building a project.

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Secure a 1u20442" dowel halfway into the guide on your jig, and mark the center with a 1u20442" brad-point bit and a light mallet tap.

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I have several dowel issues that came up while building a project. First, I can't find 316 "-diameter dowels at the home center. Second, I need to drill holes for these dowels into the edges of several project parts too large to fit on my drill press, but my doweling jig works only for 14 " to 12 " holes. Finally, how can I keep the dowel holes centered while drilling?
—Perry Franklin, Shreveport, La.

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You'll find small-diameter dowel rods like this at crafts stores, such as Michael's or Hobby Lobby. As for drilling the holes, Perry, you can temporarily modify your doweling jig to bore holes for these small dowels. Start by center-marking a 12 "dowel in your guide, as shown above, and cutting it to the length of the drill guide. Next, drill a centered 316 " hole into the 12 " dowel as shown below. Now you have a self-centering jig for 316 " dowels.

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With your drill-press table squared to the bit, use the jig to hold the dowel and bore a 3⁄16" hole down its center.