My neighbor and new buddy Paul has been teaching me how to do dowel joints, pretty fun. I am new to wood working so I am very appreciative when someone can demonstrate their skills for me.
I am currently building a wooden, Victorian-style, (vintage) baby gate for our stairs. I am trying to match my current stair rail and baluster look-and-feel. I bought some Hemlock balusters, shoe rail/fillets and a nice hand rail. I’ve conditioned, and stained it to match, and so far it looks good.
Initially, I was going to ‘toe-nail’ with a brad-nailer the balusters per the advice of a Home Depot worker, but Paul suggested we do better – maybe try a mortise and tenon approach, or just use dowels. Dowels it was.
I used his ‘Dowel Max’ jig, which is awesome, albeit, very pricey but it works perfect. So far we’ve dry-fitted everything and we’re going to begin glue-up tonight.
Has anyone had success with other types of doweling jigs? Dowel Max is about $300 but it supposed to be well worth it. I wish to purchase a jig but I can’t afford that price. Does anyone have any suggestions?
It feels so good to be able to create something, something that is functional and looks good.
I will post photos of this project soon.