When using dowel joinery, it's not uncommon that one of the holes fits the dowel a little loosely. The hole might be too large or misshapen for a proper fit.
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Drawing of dowel dipped in wood glue and sawdust paste

When using dowel joinery, it's not uncommon that one of the holes fits the dowel a little loosely. The hole might be too large or misshapen for a proper fit.

Here's an easy fix: Mix some fine wood chips and sawdust with wood glue to make a paste. Roll the dowel in the mixture and insert it into the hole. The sawdust acts as a filler for any gaps around the dowel.

— Johnny Mitchusson, New Hebron, Miss.

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