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Fantastic Dowelling Jig

I finally got tired of fighting slip sliding boards when gluing edges. After investigating the options it seemed I could go with a domino or biscuit cutter but there seemed to be a lot of comments that there was still some "slop" so I eliminated those options once I discovered the Jessem Dowelling Jig. So easy to use and dead on accurate when drilling the holes for the dowel pins. If you are looking as I was I would highly recommend the Jessem Dowelling Jig and as an added plus I understand the dowel joints are the strongest too.
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There's no slop in a Domino. It's not designed to be real tight. Just snug. I still use dowels. But my jig is almost 40 years old...
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I still have an old Stanley #something or another
Uhhh...#59 ...the year I was born! Woohoo.
Still works as well as any dowel jig I've tried for the money which was $10 used on ebay.. I did however find a very thin silver of wood to epoxy to the clamp. I lost 1/16th" but still worth the 10 clams.. It's probably 50 years old and hasn't even come close to slipping. Still dead on. You can find them all day on ebay. You need to make sure they have all the guides. I think it originally had 5, but I'm not sure.

C'mon Rebel, you just like that one cause it looks like a revolver.. lol

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I really don't like dowels and avoid em at all costs. It's just too much effort to try and make sure that you have every hole drilled perfectly to match. The slop in biscuits gives wiggle room for me and I tend to undersize my loose tenons for a little wiggle room as well. Usually I don't even mess with anything to align boards for gluing...a quick whack with a plastic deadblow hammer and evenly spacing the clamps is enough to keep any layup I've ever done in place
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I really don't like dowels and avoid em at all costs. It's just too much effort to try and make sure that you have every hole drilled perfectly to match. The slop in biscuits gives wiggle room for me and I tend to undersize my loose tenons for a little wiggle room as well. Usually I don't even mess with anything to align boards for gluing...a quick whack with a plastic deadblow hammer and evenly spacing the clamps is enough to keep any layup I've ever done in place
That's the difference. "I work the tool and the tool works you"

In 1983 when I started in a Comercial cabinet shop we didn't have pocket holes, biscuits or Dominos. We had dowels or M&T. We used machines to make those holes. The one like this one was common and manual. Alignment was a good eye....
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I still have an old Stanley #something or another
Uhhh...#59 ...the year I was born! Woohoo.
Still works as well as any dowel jig I've tried for the money which was $10 used on ebay.. I did however find a very thin silver of wood to epoxy to the clamp. I lost 1/16th" but still worth the 10 clams.. It's probably 50 years old and hasn't even come close to slipping. Still dead on. You can find them all day on ebay. You need to make sure they have all the guides. I think it originally had 5, but I'm not sure.

C'mon Rebel, you just like that one cause it looks like a revolver.. lol
It was one of my first purchases from a old guy who had died in around 1983,. Daughter was selling all he had in his shop. I didn't have much money and bought the dowel jidg, craftsman belt sander and a POS vibrating sander...
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I am fond of these for aligning dowels:
https://www.woodcraft.com/products/m...non-center-set

You can get them from many other sources as well.
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I am fond of these for aligning dowels:
https://www.woodcraft.com/products/m...non-center-set

You can get them from many other sources as well.

I also use those. To me they are a necessity for aligning the holes is opposing boards. If you do not use those, what do you use?


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I also use those. To me they are a necessity for aligning the holes is opposing boards. If you do not use those, what do you use? George
* Drill guides with fences or clamps that set the correct position?
* Careful measurements?
* "The Touch"?
* Luck?
* Sanding or planing afterwards?

Not everyone is as wise and experienced as George. They may not have heard of dowel centers before this thread.
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I searched the forum for Stanley 59. I jist acquired one in actually a very similar style as rebel has, but I appear to be missing the guides.

Didn't even know what it was when i grabbed it. Look like a clamp.

So i should try and find the guides? I can't seem to find a full set of guides. Individual guides I'm seeing are 30-40 Canadian, full set with another jig is 110ish. Is there any way to make home made guides?

Edit;
Should of waited to ask for help, I found one for $45usd complete with 6 guides. I grabbed it. Guess I'll have 2 jigs 6 guides.

So this isn't a complete waste of everyone's time, id like to thanks the long timers for putting in the effort to help us younger dudes/dudettes learn the way of woodworking.

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