$100 for Dowelmax,buy it or not?

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Forum topic by distrbd posted 09-05-2013 07:38 PM 1472 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-05-2013 07:38 PM

A local woodworker is selling a basic dowelmax kit for $100, I wasn’t sure if it’s any better than the dwelling system I already have(Wolfcraft) .the thing is ever since I bought my Kreg pocket screw Jr I hardly use dowels but there are occasions where you would want the joints to be clean with no pocket screws showing (theyare not pretty if visible. )
So the question is would you buy the DM because it’s a good deal or would you buy it because it’s a good tool to have?
I have until tonight to PULL THE **!

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#1 posted 09-05-2013 08:11 PM

I’d grab it. I own something similar and it’s an effective
tool for a lot of concealed joinery and saves time. Flush
case joints are tricky to achieve with pocket screws,
and ugly. Most dowel jigs cannot do them. The Dowelmax

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#2 posted 09-05-2013 08:15 PM

If you’re going to use it, go for it. I’m not sure what the basic kit includes,
but according to their website you get a 3/8” dowelmax.
It looks well machined.
Like this:

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#3 posted 09-05-2013 08:28 PM

I really like mine. It seems to be more solid than the Kreg for many joints, especially for 8/4 wood. I sold my Kreg system. The DowelMax system makes lining things up a snap, and they are good people to deal with.

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#4 posted 09-05-2013 08:34 PM

At that price, I’d pick it up as long as it includes everything. The price on these things was lowered to $250 (was around $325 when I bought mine) and I feel it was worth every penny. I’ve got a Kreg jig as well, and I still find myself using the Dowelmax as my go-to joinery system. Once you get the hang of it, it’s every bit as fast as pocket holes IMO, but I’m more of a weekend woodworker so I do have to spend time getting the hang of it again every so often. I tend to use the Kreg jig mostly for quick and dirty things where I won’t mind visible fastener holes.

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#5 posted 09-05-2013 09:38 PM

I just left a message ,l hope it’s still available,this kit has all the pieces ,the only thing I can not see in the picture is the indexing bit,which I can probably make one myself but other than that everything else is there.

One drawback I have heard with DM is,you can not use it drill/dowel in the middle of a board like a shelf or middle of a cabinet ,even if that’s the case I know a few woodworkers who made a jig for that purpose.

Thank you all for helping me make up my mind.


-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#6 posted 09-06-2013 02:18 AM

Here is how DowelMax recommends working in the middle of the cabinet. . Works pretty well.

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