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    doweling jig

    any suggestions on a good doweling jig. i have a project coming up where dowels would probably be the best method of joinery.

    thanks
    chris

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    From my experiences other than the dowelmax or the beadlock jigs, they are all the same.

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    Dowelmax

    I have the Dowelmax, and I think it is a great tool. Easy to use, and dead accurate as long as your wood is cut square. I have used it to attach aprons to legs on a small hall table, and (instead of biscuits) for larger panel glue-ups, frames,etc. Pricey, but worth it in my opinion.

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    I have the "dowl-it" I picked up at Rocklers years ago.I use it quite a bit it'll handle everything from 3/16 to 1/2" dowels self centering. werkz gud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    I have the "dowl-it" I picked up at Rocklers years ago.I use it quite a bit it'll handle everything from 3/16 to 1/2" dowels self centering. werkz gud.
    Been using this Dowl-it for over 30 years teaching and such, exact alignment gets harder as eyes get older but has served well and the kids could use easily...So....

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    I love old tools because they work. Stanley #59 is no excption. I see them on EBay all the time.

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    I did my research and I picked the Dowelmax.
    It is very well machined. It is very accurate. It is also very easy to use.
    The results are nice and tight joints, well aligned.
    There's usually more than one way to do it...
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    Here's a picture of one like mine. When I bought mine I didn't get the kit, I've got plenty of glue and dowls.
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    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    Here's a picture of one like mine...
    I've had one like that for about thirty years, and still use it occasionally.

    FWIW, I saw them at Harbor Freight just last week for something like $14.95.
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    I have one something like Don's. Unless you're going to do an awful lot of doweling or have some special needs, I think it's all you need. I think I paid maybe $40 for mine (but I don't really remember). I don't do a lot of dowel work.

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