dowel alignment problem

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Forum topic by pons posted 02-09-2012 12:23 AM 1271 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-09-2012 12:23 AM

Topic tags/keywords: box dowel alignment question

Hi. I’m fairly new to wood working and am putting together a little box. My question is, if the dowels and holes don’t quite line up, what do you do? Glue dowels in the holes, cut them flush and start over? Any ideas would help greatly.


-- Jim in Va

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#1 posted 02-09-2012 12:29 AM

That will work. Do you know how it got off so it doesn’t happen again?

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#2 posted 02-09-2012 12:39 AM

my guess not paying enough attention with the dowel points. After that , I blame the drill.


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#3 posted 02-09-2012 02:46 AM

There are some self centering jigs at the big box stores. They are fair for lining up dowel holes. Harbor frieght has a pretty good one. A brad point bit is your friend, forstner is better.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#4 posted 02-09-2012 03:02 AM

A simple idea that I use every time – - Put a slight taper on the end of the dowel before driving it home. If the dowel is small enough, I use a simple pencil sharpener. If it’s bigger I give it a “spin” on a belt sander.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 02-09-2012 03:42 AM

Looks like Dave and Rich have this handled

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