Cookbook Shelf Units #3: Drilling the Dowel Holes

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Blog entry by Greg Guarino posted 05-26-2014 04:01 AM 2026 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: The Dowel Jig Part 3 of Cookbook Shelf Units series Part 4: Dowels III: The Rails »

They’re done. All 256 of them.

I rethought and then reconfigured the jig a bit so I could keep the same reference surface when drilling both ends of the “rungs”. It went very quickly:

That was the very first one and it took a little under a minute. 32 of them took a little under a half hour.

Next I had to drill the mating holes in the stiles. I rebuilt the jig from the same parts, marked up the pieces, and started drilling:

With some trepidation, I dry fit two of the “ladder” sides. The dowel joints mated well and the alignment was good. Dry Fit

“The next step involves the top and bottom rails for the “ladders. Yup, even more dowel holes.


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#1 posted 05-26-2014 10:29 AM

Very nicely done, and a great tip. I have found that dowels are just as good as mortise & tenon joints for applications like this and they are a whole lot easier to make. Thanks for sharing.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 05-26-2014 12:19 PM

Very good Greg. I like the 2 handy dandy jigs you made for all the repetitious cuts. The shelf came out super nice. Good stuff.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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