It has been a while since I decided to do a project that contained a lot of dowels and I now remember why. I hate working with dowels. No matter how careful I am, it seems like I cannot get them to line up correctly! This time around, I even purchased a dowel jig from Lowe's to help with the alignment and positioning.
In the project, the rails are made by putting the slats between two styles. Two dowels on the end of each slat, times 10 slats = 40 dowels. Each rails connects to the ends with 12 dowels per rails assembly = 24 more dowels. Total of 64 dowels.
Yesterday afternoon, I began to lay out all of the dowel positions according to the plans (nicely specified I might add) and set up the jig. Next came the 64 holes and then after some sanding, it was time to assemble. About a hour into the assembly, I remembered just how much I hate workign with dowels on a project like this! I finally did get the parts to all go together, but not without having to redrill some holes and make a couple of them slightly oversized.
Before I do another project that requires a large number of dowels, I will definatly have to find a better method of drilling exact matched holes that is repeatable every time. The dowel jig worked OK, but 64 holes with the jig and a hand drill was not the best method to get the results that I was hoping for.