Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Saint Charles, IL
if you are using dowel stock, and cutting your own, you might want to file a groove the length of the dowel, so that the glue/air this is trapped inside the hole has a way to escape, therefore letting the dowel get to the bottom of the hole. Since your dowels are so tight, the glue actually "seals" up the hole, and you create an airpocket.
To create the groove, you could use a file, or razor knife, or even a chisel. Heck you could even sand the side of the dowel, so that it has a flat side, therefore giving the air and glue somewhere to escape, and letting the dowel go fully into the hole. Also, if your holes are 1" deep on both pieces, I would probably cut the length of the dowl 1 3/4" long, just to be safe.
Hope this helps
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