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Forum topic by kdr152004 posted 01-22-2018 03:25 PM 394 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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kdr152004

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01-22-2018 03:25 PM

Hi all,

Seeking your advice on dowel length for cabinet construction using 3/4’’ birch plywood.

My plan was to use 1.5’’ fluted pins and insert ~1’’ into the cabinet bottom and the other ~1/2’’ into the sides. Does this sound OK ?

Dowels will be 3/8’’ diameter – I’ll be using my Jessem jig.

Any guidance much appreciated.

-kdr152004


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 01-22-2018 03:30 PM

Is the cabinet bottom 3/4” ply? If so, the pins will be sticking out the bottom.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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rwe2156

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#2 posted 01-22-2018 03:56 PM

I’ve never used or even considered dowels for cab construction. I think its a lot of work for little benefit.

Is there a reason you can’t use screws? The only exposed cab sides are on the ends.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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Loren

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#3 posted 01-22-2018 04:03 PM

I use a Jessem jig for doweling. I have two
3/8” drills and two collars. I do something
like you described, but maybe with 5/8”
for the shorter hole.

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waho6o9

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#4 posted 01-22-2018 04:13 PM

Sounds like a plan, just be careful that they don’t go through as Bondo points out.

A 1/2” depth is okay and be careful when you pound in the dowels so you don’t mess up the
outside of the ply.

Maybe practice on some scrap to adjust your depths properly.

A little reminder, 3/4” ply may be less than .750” so have fun making your cabinets.

Any questions were here to help.

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kdr152004

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#5 posted 01-22-2018 06:00 PM

Hi all,

-My bottom will be 3/4’’ and act as the ‘stile’ inserting into the sides or rails or the cabinet box, so the dowels will not stick out. – I considered using pocket holes construction, but for my own kitchen, I just feel better using dowels , and I don’t have to worry about alignment as much
- I also plan to order another bit and collar and practice on some test pieces

Thanks all for your support

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rwe2156

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#6 posted 01-23-2018 03:24 PM

FWIW I’ve built a lot of cabs & again I will discourage you from going this route. If you’re worried about alignment, don’t be. Just clamp them flush & screw & you’ll be fine. Glue is optional. If you feel you really need them, biscuits would be a better way to go IMO.

But if you’re bound and determined to use dowels, have at it, just whatever you do, use screws 1/2” depth will not hold them together!

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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kdr152004

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#7 posted 01-23-2018 07:16 PM

Thanks for the advice rwe2156, I will give this some more thought.

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