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DowelMax: Opened the Door to Many Possibilities

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Review by MsDebbieP posted 2410 days ago 4507 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The DowelMax
The DowelMax is a joinery tool, which helps you align holes for dowels, in a quick and easy process.

The DowelMax comes with the drill guides, drill bit, dowels and some other alignment tools. It also comes with a DVD to help you visualize how to set up the tool for different joinery styles.

Easy To Use
Because of the precision alignment guides, you simply clamp and drill one piece of wood and align the tool on the second piece of wood and repeat the process. The dowels will fit like a charm!

To align the guide, you mark the matching face of the wood and the outer edge of the wood on both pieces so that you are starting to measure from the same place. The directions say to use an X and a checkmark to get your orientation correct. I have found that I prefer to place a little painter’s tape on the edges of the face to make sure I have everything going in the same direction.

Once you get a handle of the alignment marking, the rest is as easy as 1,2,3.

My Rating
For me, this opened the door to tons of possibilities for my woodworking. No more screws. And it’s easy.
This has become one of the most used tools in my shop.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)




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mot

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#1 posted 2410 days ago

I agree, Debbie. The Dowelmax is a precision tool that is easy to use and produces perfect results. It is one of the true bargains in woodworking as it’s design, machining, instruction and customer support is rarely matched.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 2410 days ago

Very cool. I’ll have to check it out.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 2410 days ago

Thank you Debbie,

A fine review.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#4 posted 2410 days ago

I have been so frustrated by misaligned dowels that I have quit using them completely. This may change my outlook. Thanks for the review Debbie.

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#5 posted 2410 days ago

ive had one very similar to these for many years and agree with tom a real woodworkers bargain tool that works very well

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#6 posted 2410 days ago

I just checked on line. This is a spendy little devil. From the raves, however, sounds like it might be worth it.

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#7 posted 2410 days ago

I think the cost has to do with the precision components and the fact that is is an invention that is being produced by the inventor and it is still relatively new to the market. Just my thoughts. But the ease to do dowels? _ well worth it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#8 posted 2409 days ago

By far the best dowel jig available. You have to love the strength of the joints, especially in comparison to the ease of creation. The versatility is what strikes me though. You can do so much with it. A well thought out tool that is easy to use.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#9 posted 2409 days ago

Yeah, the sticker shock is erased the first time you use it. You just nod, and go, “Ahhhhhhh.”

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#10 posted 2409 days ago

isn’t it interesting that we’ll pay big bucks for something with no second thoughts and then something else we are shocked by the price.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#11 posted 2409 days ago

I am certainly not opposed to spending (significant) money on good tools. I was just surprised when I did check the price on the dowelmax. I will probably end up with one based on the comments I’ve seen here. (and I trust this bunch)

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#12 posted 2409 days ago

Makes doweling viable – which to me without a decent drill press might make the price worth it. Thanks for the review!

-- John - Central PA - http://affyx.wordpress.com

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#13 posted 2409 days ago

Tom did a great video of it (the reason I purchased one was how easy he made it look.)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#14 posted 2408 days ago

Bought one a year ago. Love it. Wanna buy my biscuit joiner? I make you special deal…

-- The days are long and the years are short...

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#15 posted 1215 days ago

How do you do a T-joint with this?

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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