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rbterhune

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1337 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: jig question dowel

I have a single project that will require carcass construction with dowels…the top and bottom overhang the sides.

I found this jig for $12 on Amazon.com and the two reviews were 4 and 5 stars.
The use of the jig seems pretty simple…3 bit sizes, adjustable stop (important for my overhanging top and bottom), self-centering and self aligning (the user installs the dowels in the sides, clamps the top to the sides, and then uses the jig by placing the slot at the front over the dowels).

There is an updated version but it doesn’t appear to be sold in this country.

Have any of you used this? What do you think?

Thanks,
Brad


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RalphBarker

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#1 posted 1337 days ago

Sorry, no. I have a couple of old Dowel-It jigs (cast bodies with steel drill guides) that still function well after 50 years or so. Thus, I haven’t had the need to shop for new ones. In my view, as long as the jig centers properly on the stock (of varied widths), the real key is the bit being used, along with the person holding the drill. I like good-quality brad point drills for this purpose.

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rbterhune

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#2 posted 1337 days ago

RalphBarker…I’ve looked at the Dowel-It jigs but I would not be able to make the T-joint that I need with them. Thanks for your input…I believe you’re right about the bit choice.

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rbterhune

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#3 posted 1336 days ago

Nearly 80 views and only one comment…not a good sign that I’ll receive any good info on this tool today. May just have to take the small leap for it.

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Sawdust4Blood

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#4 posted 1336 days ago

for a one time use project, try a General Tools 841 doweling jig (should be available at the big orange box). I used one to dowel the same kind of joint connecting the sides to the top and bottom on my bow front display case (see my projects to verify that’s what you’re thinking of).

-- Greg, Severn MD

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rbterhune

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#5 posted 1336 days ago

Sawdust4Blood…That is exactly the type of application for which I need the jig. I’ll look at your tool to do some research…Thanks.

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Jamie Speirs

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#6 posted 1336 days ago

Dowel transfer pins would be easier I think.
I have one of these in the shop, never knew what it was or where it came from.
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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rbterhune

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#7 posted 1336 days ago

alba…maybe, but dowel transfer pins lack an important ingredient for newbies like me…a way to drill the holes straight. The tools described so far have bushings to guide you perpendicular to the workpiece.

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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 1336 days ago

I can only agree that it takes practice.

It is very satisfying once you learn though and it doesn’t take long.
A square and a mirror make this very easy.
Also use spur bits they centre and clear wood easier.
The cheaper dowel jigs are not that accurate. They do wander.
Do you have a plunge router?
Jamie
Instruction manual for the orange one in the picture.
http://www.wolfcraft.de/workarea/supplier/sWolfcraft/documents/BAL/4640.pdf

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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rbterhune

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#9 posted 1336 days ago

alba…yes, I do have a plunge router. Maybe I could do something there. Thanks for the user manual. Of course it’s in metric but it all works out the same. I would order the U.S. units if I decide to get it.

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Jamie Speirs

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#10 posted 1336 days ago

That is the best for accuracy.
Might be worth asking for some tips on Router Dowelling as there are a few ways to do this.
Great thing is bits to match dowels are in most router sets.
Go well with your project.
Look forward to seeing it
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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lilredweldingrod

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#11 posted 1336 days ago

rbterhune,Make your own out of scrap and some steel tubing. This is one of mine.

Hope this helps. It spaces the dowels and guides the bit.

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Brandon Hintz

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#12 posted 1336 days ago

I have one from sears which I have used for years and think its still avalible. It allows you to do face dowels, edge dowels and dowels within the case. It is made by wolfcraft and the model number is 3751405 Mine was marketed by sears’ craftsman brand but some of the older ones were marketed by wolfcraft.

-- Potential is limited only by imagination

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rbterhune

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#13 posted 1336 days ago

lilredweldingrod…I would certainly make my own but I do not have a drill press…therein lies the problem.

Brandon…I saw that jig as well. For my one-time project, you think it’s better (worth the extra 15 bucks?)

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Clung

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#14 posted 1336 days ago

I have one and use it for my odd doweling – typically when gluing up edges. If two boards are securely clamped in a vise, the slots on the edge slide into the dowel on the completed board – and prevents the jig from sliding. For the price, it works well, although it is still possible to mess things up… ;-( but IMHO it’s worth the price, and will get you good dowel joints if you work slowly and carefully.

-- Clarence

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rbterhune

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#15 posted 1336 days ago

Clung…cool. Thanks.

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