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Wood assembly - dowel joint

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In woodworking, wood assembly by traditional means without nails or screws yields a more natural, attractive and professional finish. The joining method is chosen according to one’s tools, knowledge, and habits as well as according to the project at hand.
The dowel joint technique is easy and particularly suitable for making boxes, drawers, furniture and frames. Holes are drilled in each piece of wood to be joined; wooden dowels are then inserted and glued in place forming a link between the two pieces.

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Tools and materials required

TOOLS

  • Vice
  • Square
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Appropriate drill bit
  • Elastic band or depth stop
     

Before Assembly

Prefabricated dowels come in various sizes (e.g.: diameters of ½", ¼") and have grooves allowing excess glue to come out.
Dowels can also be made by cutting wood poles which can be bought in the stores in various lengths and diameters. Specific needs can thus be met more easily than with prefabricated dowels. These self-made dowels do not have grooves, but it is easy to insert them.
For this type of joint, the two most important points to watch are the precise location of the holes (to ensure that they correspond on the two parts) and the perfect right angle of the holes in relation to the surface.

Variation:
See the “false tenon” variation of the tenon and mortise joint, as well as the biscuit joint.
 

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Bench vise icon-wishlist
WEISER
Bench vise
Format 5"
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Article #0033109
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JOHNSON
Angle square
Format 7"
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Article #0704089
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JOHNSON
Angle square
Format 7"
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Article #0704054
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JOHNSON
T-square
Format 48"
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Article #0704049
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