well, i messed up buying supplies and tools. i bought a long hardwood dowel in 3/8" diameter and then a 3/8" forstner bit and well, the fit ain't so tight. i tried the next size down bit i had which was an HSS 5/16" and the fit felt too tight and i was blowing the dowels up trying to seat them. this was all in scrap wood so my project wood is still in tact. i'm lost now. do i get the fluted 3/8" dowel pins (assuming they're slightly oversize, or is there a size of bit that juusssst right? or, do i just hammer away b/c the dowel will be cut anyhow? and finally, when we're talking 'dowels' in joining two pieces of wood, are we talking what i got (long wooden rod) or those pins i use to put pre-packaged furniture together? thanks for the tips.