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Forum topic by RonGoldberg posted 01-01-2016 02:00 AM 531 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-01-2016 02:00 AM

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I am thinking of purchasing one of the following doweling jigs.
A) Jessem model 08350
Price $130

B) Woodpeckers self centering dowel jig
price $150

The Jessem looks well made and gets good reviews (from actual woodworkers). I own a couple of woodpeckers tools and find the quality to be superb (albeit expensive), but have not seen any reviews on this particular tool.

BTW , yes, I am familiar with the quality and great reviews the dowel max gets, however, it is outside my price range.

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#1 posted 01-01-2016 03:05 AM

I have the jessem one and I am very pleased with it. Utterly accurate and very easy to use. I cannot comment on the woodpeckers one as I do not have any of their tools.

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#2 posted 01-01-2016 03:13 AM

The Jessum has far more flexibility and is easier to use on non-centered joints. I’ve used it on dozens of joints without a problem. I put some adhesive backed sandpaper on the face that you clamp against the work-piece to prevent slippage while drilling. I like the fact that it is easy to use three different dowel sizes without a change over mess.

-- Tom, New London, NH

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#3 posted 01-01-2016 03:24 AM

Or take a couple of steel/bronze bushings of needed size, screw them into a suitable piece of scrap wood, add another wood piece to work as a fence and you have your own doweling jig.

-- It's nice!

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#4 posted 01-01-2016 04:33 AM

I had always been frustrated with dowel jigs so accumulated many less than satisfactory ones along the way, that is until I found the Marples 148.

Hee’s a link to a completed ebay sale…..

Over the years I’ve picked up three or four of em at around that price so that I have almost total flexibility for matching existing dowel holes on carcases whether metric or imperial. While I use the simpler ones frequently, the box full of m148’s is the dowel jig of last resort…ie the problem solver.

There’s also always the Stanley 59 or 60 dowel jigs (I’d go with the 60….more variety of guides….but alas no metric)

I’m not totally enamored with dowels, repaired too many broken dowels, difficult to align perfectly, expecially in angled (and finished) antique furniture parts,


-- Real_cowtown_eric

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