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First-Rate Dowel Jig Los Alamos NM

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.

Los Alamos Hme Imprvmt Co
(505) 662-5371
232 Dp Rd
Los Alamos, NM
 
Lowe's
(505) 367-1900
407 Lowdermilk Lane
Espanola, NM
Hours
M-SA 7 am - 9 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

Cooks True Value Hardware
(800) 642-7392
518 Paseo De Onate
Espanola, NM

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The Home Depot
(575)521-1327
225 Telshore Blvd
Las Cruces, NM
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(505)865-0425
1800 Main Street NW
Los Lunas, NM
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Metzger's Do it Best Hardware
(505) 662-3715
1607 Central Avenue
Los Alamos, NM
 
Hacienda Home Centers
(505) 753-2131
430 S Riverside Drive
Espanola, NM
 
The Home Depot
(505)726-2362
530 Kachina Street
Gallup, NM
Hours
Mon-Sat: 7:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-7:00pm

The Home Depot
(505)327-0710
3560 E Main Street
Farmington, NM
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(505)344-1900
1220 Renaissance Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

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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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