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Posted on dowels are TOO tight. What to do?

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#1 posted 05-26-2009 08:31 PM

What did you do to get the walnut ‘bar’ centered on the middle of the back dowels? Did you get those together? Or are you just trying to get the dowel ends into one of the pieces first?

I would probably try sanding, but even then, there’s no room for expansion when you finally get them in the mortises.

Have you tried taking a sharp chisel to the ends? I’m not saying that’s the best way to go, but I’ve done it in the past. Yeah, it looked messy, but I got them in the mortises.

Again, though, think about the bar you have to slip over half of the dowels in the back…


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