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    Thumbs up I hate dowels...

    ... well I used to then somebody showed me this:



    and it fits! there are 49 12mm dowels there that fit into 49 holes!

    I used to avoid using dowels and had bags of them laying around for years. now they are all used up and I don't hate them as much as I did.

    Do you guys use dowels much? if so how do you drill the holes in each piece?

    Ralph
    Did I mention it rains over here?

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    Hey,

    no need to get personal there Ralph....
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    Stanley #59 dowel jig.

    Brace and bit for the holes.
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    Hey Brent, They're OK with two 'l's, it's the 'ones' that don't fit ...

    Ralph
    Did I mention it rains over here?

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    I've started using one of these:


    along with some dowel centers. Seems to work ok!

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    I like dowels. Dunno why. Probably because I'm not really versed in other methods. I do like the looks of them, especially when they are a contrasting color from the woods they are holding together. I use rigs, jigs and eyeball methods.
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    Hi Ralph!
    I have the DowelMax. I really enjoy using it and find more to use it for all the time.









    This is the rolling sheet goods cart I am working on. I had to stop while the guys are installing the DC piping. The shop is a mess with everything pushed together in the middle of the room away from the walls.

    DT

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    I knew when I saw the thread title that Don would be chiming in. He's done a lot of cool things with his DowelMax. I've got an old Stanley #59 like Jeff's, but mine is only has the 3/8" guide sleeve.

    Ralph, what tool/jig was used for the 49-dowel joint?
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    OK, everybody likes pictures. Here are my dowel jigs, all inherited. Two 'Dowel It' jigs and a Stanley #59 with sleeves and an adapter.
    "Folks is funny critters."

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    Vaughn,

    This is what I use, it is a Joint-Genie Craftsman. I like the tool so much I let them use some of my stuff on their website and I use it a fair bit when building for magazine articles... That is when I can get it back from Sue...




    Who's shop is this anyway?...

    Ralph
    Did I mention it rains over here?

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