|Forum topic by groland||posted 07-03-2010 03:37 AM||2578 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
07-03-2010 03:37 AM
I am planning on using 3/8 ” dowels to drawbore mortise some workbench joints in red oak. I will be gluing the joints as well, but my M&T joints are not that tight. The stock is about 3” thick.
I did a test joint today and ran into some problems. I need some advice from those of you who are experienced making this kind of joint.
Problem: hole small or dowels large—first off, the dowel wouldn’t go into the hole. Yes, the bit was a brad point 3/8” bit and the dowels were 3/8. I really pounded on the dowel and it would not go in. I’m wondering now how to tell whether the dowels will fit? I can’t risk gluing up a joint, pounding the dowel and having it fail to go in.
Should the dowel fit into the drilled hole with hand pressure alone? Should you be able to slide it in and out with minimal taps of a hammer? What’s a good rule of thumb here?
Some solutions I can imagine