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First-Rate Dowel Jig Baker LA

Spacers are included to create offset joints or to center dowels on material thicker than 3/4-in. An indexing pin and rod are included for positioning the jig on long edges. One-quarter-inch drill guides are available for $35 per set.

The Home Depot
(225)658-2592
6600 Main Street
Zachary, LA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(225)201-1778
8181 Airline Highway
Baton Rouge, LA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(225)664-3656
2255 Home Depot Dr
Denham Springs, LA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Baker Hardware
(225) 775-1221
6655 Lavey Lane
Baker, LA
 
Le Blancs' Ace Hardware
(225) 658-2784
2300 Church St
Zachary, LA
 
The Home Depot
(225) 201-1778
8181 Airline Hwy
Baton Rouge, LA
 
The Home Depot
(225)293-9629
10300 Coursey Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(225)755-1729
18139 Highland Rd
Baton Rouge, LA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Acadian True Value Hdwe
(225) 355-8270
7350 Scenic Hwy
Baton Rouge, LA
 
Pelican State Supply
(225) 354-7916
2540 Scenic Hwy
Baton Rouge, LA
 

First-Rate Dowel Jig

First-Rate Dowel Jig



Locating and drilling dowel holes is usually so fussy it drives you nuts! A self-centering jig works fine on stock of equal thickness, like a face frame, but you may have a hard time setting it up to join parts of unequal thickness, like a thick table leg and a thinner rail. The DowelMax ($170) makes doweling much easier. It's a cinch to set up because the holes can be positioned any distance you want from the jig's reference face. It's a beautifully engineered tool, but it costs about twice as much as a self-centering jig. Dowels are widely used in the furniture industry to join parts because they're quick and easy, but factories use expensive machines for accurate alignment. The best tool for making joints quickly in a home shop is a biscuit joiner, but biscuits have limitations. They don't work well with narrow pieces, for example. The DowelMax doesn't replace a biscuit joiner, but together they make quite a team. In its standard configuration the DowelMax centers 3/8-in.-diameter dowels on 3/4-in.-thick material. Spacers are included to create offset joints or to center dowels on material thicker than 3/4-in. An indexing pin and rod are included for positioning the jig on long edges. One-quarter-inch drill guides are available for $35 per set.

Sources:
O.M.S. Tool Company, (877) 986-9400, www.dowelmax.com, DowelMax, $170.


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