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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 03-02-2010 07:09 PM 3023 reads 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

During my recent shop healing session, I realized I needed a better way to store my drills and chargers. This simple wall-hanging “box” did the trick. I also wanted to make the project fast and easy, so I decided to try out the DowelMax for the first time. The system is a breeze to use and produces strong reliable joints in just a fraction of the time it takes to create a traditional mortise and tenon.

Fee free to download the SketchUp Drawing for this project if you want to make your own. But I encourage you to use this as a starting point and build upon it. If I had more time and space, I definitely would have added a few drawers for additional storage. Also, be sure to check out the new Enduro-Var Water-Based Urethane I used on this project.

Topics Covered:
Construction of a simple charging station.
Use of the DowelMax system.
Clever solution for charging batteries safely.

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com



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Gary Fixler

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#1 posted 03-02-2010 08:10 PM

Nicely done! Does the DowelMax help with positioning the holes in the side walls as well?

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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thewoodwhisperer

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#2 posted 03-02-2010 08:54 PM

Sure does! With the exception of the setback from the front. I had to draw a reference line for that.

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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Gary Fixler

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#3 posted 03-02-2010 09:17 PM

Neat, thanks!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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davidroberts

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#4 posted 03-02-2010 09:22 PM

I like project videos that highlight the use of a certain tool or jig. Good job. Like a lot of old timers, I started out using dowels as a joinery technique. For one thing a doweling jig was cheap (Dowelmax = $60 back in the day). I really like the look of a dowel (peg?) with a contrasting color and sanded down flush, or slightly proud of the case. But I couldn’t wait to try those fancy biscuits Nahm was using so the doweling jig was put on the shelf. The dowel joint is just as strong as a mortise and tenon, if glued properly. We have come full circle.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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mikethetermite

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#5 posted 03-02-2010 09:44 PM

First time i’ve seen a DowelMax being used. It sure did a great job. I need a better way to store my drills and chargers also. You have lead the way again.

thanks for sharing

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 03-02-2010 11:17 PM

Thanks Marc, I’ve been curious about the Dowel Max for some time.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Gary Fixler

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#7 posted 03-03-2010 12:24 AM

Oh good grief. Thanks for answering my dumb question about positioning on the sides, Marc. I only just now realized that that wasn’t a photo of the final project, but an embedded movie. Now I’ve watched it, and I get it.

Clearly I should not be commenting on the internet before I’m fully awake.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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thewoodwhisperer

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#8 posted 03-03-2010 01:11 AM

haha happens to the best of us. :) I originally thought, “did he even watch the video?” But I didn’t want to be rude. :)

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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bigike

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#9 posted 03-03-2010 01:39 AM

Thanks for the post and a very nice project too, also a good basic review of the dowel max. Wish i had the dough to grab one but i have to wait till tax $$$ comes and see what i have after i buy my bandsaw. ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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JimNEB

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#10 posted 03-03-2010 05:17 AM

Looks like a pretty cool little gizmo. I could see the dowel-max being a good addition to the shop. BTW that’s gotta be the nicest home any drills have got.

-- Jim, Nebraska

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OutPutter

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#11 posted 03-03-2010 06:06 AM

Thanks for the review of the jig and the nice project idea. If I could get to my garage walls, I’d make one. lol

I have to say I was a little alarmed when I saw you spraying that finish just a few feet from what I assume was your truck and not Nicole’s. My wife would use that jig in creative ways for sure if that was me and I sprayed her car…

Best,

-- Jim

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blyther

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#12 posted 03-04-2010 06:50 AM

I am a newbee to woodworking and have learned a ton from you and your website…Thanks for another nice project and review of the Dowel Max!!

-- Paul, Winterset Iowa,

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Raspar

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#13 posted 03-04-2010 05:54 PM

Thanks for the walk through on the jig, but no french cleat. HMMMM kidding love the project and keep them coming.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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hObOmOnk

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#14 posted 03-04-2010 06:46 PM

A great video on an overlooked joinery technique that has been around for a very long time.
I have an oak desk that was made in 1895 that contains some doweled joints.
I have several old wardrobes from the 1930’s that use doweled joints.
Even the Brothers Greene did it.

Modern furniture factories, even the fine furniture variety, will use dowels.
I’ve seen dedicated dowelling machines that drill multiple dowel holes at a time.

I like dowels.
Sometimes I use dowels instead of tenons.
I even spell biscuit D O W E L. :)

-- 温故知新

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tedth66

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#15 posted 03-05-2010 06:37 PM

That DowelMax is nice but it’s STEEP ~ $300+ for this jig. WOW-za!! thanks Marc for the awesome demo.

I know you’re big on Festool, do you use the Domino Joiner? and what do you think?

thanks,
Ted

-- Ted

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