|Review by kapanen||posted 02-12-2012 03:55 AM||8816 views||1 time favorited||15 comments|
There has been a lot said about the DowelMax doweling jig. I don’t want this to be another review simply stating the same things that have already been said. I want to point out a few more reasons why I believe this joinery system is the best on the market.
We all know that it is a quality device, that makes the joint being preformed easy, accurate and reliable. But I believe a few more (3) reasons need to be pointed out other than those obvious ones.
1. Safety. I don’t know about you, but I don’t where safety glasses using a cordless drill. I am sure the manufacture stresses that one should, but I just don’t, never have and doubt I ever will. There was an incident where I scratched myself pretty good on a brad bit, but other than that, (it bleed for a minute, but I never even put a Band-Aid on it), drilling with a hand held drill is one of the most safe tasks one can do with a power tool.
2. There has been tons mentioned on the quality of the DowelMax, but I don’t believe that says it all. It not only is a very well made tool, but it is one that doesn’t depreciate. It is solid, and I mean solid. It has no motor. There is nothing that will prevent this tool from lasting way past my own life. I have a strong feeling that it will be found at my estate, after I have past, by one of my great grand children, and they won’t have a clue what it is. It will perform the way it does today, 50 years from now and beyond.
3. Lastly, it will hold its value. I guess this ties into the previous argument, but should be noted. Without any depreciation, there is no reason why it shouldn’t bring you the same money tomorrow as it does today. So another words, make sure you sell your DowelMax before they put you in the “home” and one of your great grand children toss it out because they don’t what it is for.
I must be honest, I purchased my DowelMax used off of EBay….I paid darn near as much for it used as new, but it was slightly cheaper. It was a rarity to find it listed, and I am sure that is one reason it sold so high….so many people were bidding on it. It is all but new though, so the savings were true savings…I didn’t sacrifice any “wear and tear” for the cheaper “used” price that I paid.
So to sum things up….
DowelMax performs as advertised, very reliable, strong, repeatable, easy joints. First try with it will result in perfect joints, with little time for a learning curve.
The safety associated with using it, is top notch.
The life expectancy and value of the tool will never depreciate…unlike a biscuit cutter, Domino, or a mortise machine.
The only cons I have with the tool, is its price. But I am one that is happy to pay higher dollars for a tool (or anything for that matter) if it performs like it says, and will NOT break. I am happy to pay an extra $30 for a waffle maker, if I know that waffle maker will be making me perfect waffles 20 years from now. So I believe the cost is justified.
The only thing I wish DowelMax would do is make an additional accessory to allow for 45 degree doweling….without making the jig myself.
Thanks for reading.
I forgot one other argument that should be considered in purchasing this jig. In comparing it to traditional M & T joinery it does save valuable wood. If your joint requires tenons, this jig prevents that expense in your wood. Obviously the dowels have an expense, but they are not as high as exotic woods are.
Seems trivial, but with wood prices always on the rise, not to mention environmental reasons, the Dowel Max makes perfect sense.
Some projects call for several rails, with an inch of stock required on each side. This can equal several board feet by the time things are complete. With all things held constant….(the joints equal in strength) Dowel Max can save that wood…and the money from it as well.
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