There have been many projects that have used dowels for the joinery. When I have used that technique, I often had an issue with lining up the holes correctly. Time after time, I would “attempt” to use this technique and end up with some really nice fire wood. Well, who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? I thought “If I could only mark the hole, I would be able to drill the holes accurately. So, here is my obscure way of getting the results I was looking for.
I used chalk line marking chalk that is used on a string line to mark lines in framing houses and a glue stick.
After drilling the first set of holes, I then put a little of the chalk into the holes.
I then marked the section of wood that was to receive the second set of holes for the dowels with the glue stick.
I then placed the two pieces of wood together in place and tipped them up side down.
I could then take the boards apart and see where the chalk had stuck to the glue. This will allow me to drill the holes accurately.
I used a sharp screw to tap a pilot hole that will enable the drill bit to be center of the hole.
I hope this help someone. I know it helped me!
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