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Forum topic by Bill White posted 04-27-2014 07:14 PM 1187 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bill White

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04-27-2014 07:14 PM

I’ve tried the Craftsman and the Harbor Freight jig.
Lots of slop in the drill guides, and have to refine the joints a bunch.
Is there a good, moderately priced jig that is reasonably accurate?
Don’t use one that often, but would like to have a degree of accuracy that will diminish the “futzing” of the joints after I’ve drilled for the dowels.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us


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Mario

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#1 posted 04-27-2014 07:25 PM

This is the one I use from Rockler, donĀ“t do a lot of doweling but works really nice
http://www.rockler.com/rockler-3-8-dowel-drilling-jig-kit

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woodchuckerNJ

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#2 posted 04-27-2014 08:12 PM

Any self centering jig is not going to be accurate.
You want to measure from one face. So if you work from the top, you always reference the top.

So as Mario said above. The old stanley or craftsman drilling jigs that you set where the hole will be will work.
You just have to reference that side all the time, simple to do really.

Use a fine pencil or a knife to make the marks.

-- Jeff NJ

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shipwright

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#3 posted 04-27-2014 08:23 PM

When I use dowels, which is not very often, I just use dowel points with brad point bits. They will align the holes perfectly. You have to be able to drill square to the surface but that’s not hard especially if you can get the parts on the drill press.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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theoldfart

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#4 posted 04-27-2014 08:25 PM

Try one of these

There are two models a 59 and a 60. The only difference is the 60 has more bushings.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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cabmaker

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#5 posted 04-27-2014 08:56 PM

Stanley 59 here ! 35 plus years. Still works great!

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hairy

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#6 posted 04-27-2014 09:24 PM

I guess it depends on what you are putting together. I have made templates, with careful measuring and layout lines I can get a good joint. I used 1 template for each half of this joint. I match up the lines on the jig to the lines on the board and mark the hole with the drill bit. Other times I’ve had 1 template, and 1 side of the jig would be marked for 1 side, flip it over for the other piece.

These don’t help you drilling, just marking where they get drilled.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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lepelerin

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#7 posted 04-28-2014 04:47 AM

I use a template with these bushing http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=32317&cat=1,180,42311
I drilled a piece of plywood or whatever I have handy, insert the bushing and get consistency for the work I need to do.
I carefully align to my mark, and it’s dead on all the time.

An inexpensive way to make your custom dowel jig with the spacing that you want. You can change the insert for a different diameter.

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CharlieM1958

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#8 posted 04-28-2014 12:57 PM

I’ve used this one from Rockler on many projects, with excellent results:

http://www.rockler.com/complete-doweling-kit

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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MrRon

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#9 posted 04-28-2014 06:05 PM

lepelerin, That is a great price for drill bushings. They cost 5x more at industrial suppliers, like McMaster-Carr.

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lcurrent

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#10 posted 06-11-2014 09:36 PM

I use this jig for mortise or dowel without changes on each set up

-- lcurrent ( It's not a mistake till you run out of wood )

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