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Forum topic by Shahidan posted 09-10-2015 02:24 AM 749 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Shahidan

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09-10-2015 02:24 AM

Doweling is difficult for me as I do not have a doweling jig. I couldn’t get such tool here (Malaysia) . And I can’t afford to get one from overseas as the exchange rate is very bad now. How do I dowel in a simple way without a jig. Or can anybody tell me how to make a simple doweling jig ?

Shahidan


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#1 posted 09-10-2015 02:42 AM

One way, if you have access to a drill press is to drill a hole in a piece of wood. Then clamp that where you want to drill a hole for you dowel and do the same for the other hole/s. It won’t be perfect but it will be close.

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#2 posted 09-10-2015 03:50 AM

https://youtu.be/l6qUIWdMhYM

This guy has a good idea, much like BurlyBob is describing, but with more accuracy.

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#3 posted 09-10-2015 05:30 AM

You might be able to find something similar in our country, if not it would involve ordering overseas however it is way cheaper than a dowelling jig and can accommodate many different configuration.

http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=32317&cat=1,180,42311

hope it helps.

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#4 posted 09-10-2015 12:02 PM

I generally make a new jig for each project – by using a scrap of wood of the same thickness as your stock it helps with layout. Just a scrap of wood with holes drilled works fine, but you really need a drill press to ensure that the holes are perpendicular. Or I suppose you could very carefully set up squares around the drill and follow them. Or use the tablesaw to rip a groove or wedge-shape into a board and then use that to drill down perpendicular into the dowelling jig.

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#5 posted 09-10-2015 02:33 PM

The easiest way of using dowels in my opinion is to use dowel markers if you can buy them ,they are very inexpensive , simple to use and fairly accurate:

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#6 posted 09-10-2015 02:46 PM

You can make your own doweling points. Drill the first half of the joint, and insert the dowels. Drive a small nail into the center of each dowel. Once it is driven in about 1/8” cut it off with a pair of snips. Leave enough of the nail behind to be able to grab it with pliers and remove it. Press the pieces together and you will have the mark you need to locate the opposite holes.
Drill, remove the nails, test fit. This will work well if you are careful in placing the nail and making sure you drill at 90 degrees to the face.

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#7 posted 09-10-2015 04:03 PM



I generally make a new jig for each project – by using a scrap of wood of the same thickness as your stock it helps with layout. Just a scrap of wood with holes drilled works fine, but you really need a drill press to ensure that the holes are perpendicular. Or I suppose you could very carefully set up squares around the drill and follow them. Or use the tablesaw to rip a groove or wedge-shape into a board and then use that to drill down perpendicular into the dowelling jig.

- jdh122

Not having a drill press, I marked up a lot of thin scraps, hand drilled a hole in the middle of them and then glued them up – any misaligned angle is cancelled out by the multiple layers. I then use this block as a drill guide for perpendicular holes, works well.

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