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Hello I am dowelling my mahogany screen doors using 5/4 material and 3/8 X 3" dowels . Two in upper horizontal and three in bottom style, 9 1/4 wide. These things are a bear to clamp down. Will two inch dowels do the same strength thanks
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Yes, 2" dowels will do the job. In my experience, I use two, 2" dowels in each joint w/ a 3" #8 screw, & Elmer's glue, & have not had a screen door problem. I live in NW Kansas, & the wind here, at times, gets over 30 mph. We are on flat land here. I build several screen doors every spring. At this point, in the 5 years I've been building them, I haven't had a come back.

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post #4 of 5 Old 11-14-2015, 08:52 PM
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Hydraulic pressure can prevent doweled joints from coming together. Dowel pins, dowels with slots cut into them, should be used, otherwise, you are creating a pump that will work against you. Drilling the holes perfectly perpendicular can be a challenge, off kilter holes will also prevent joints from mating easily. If you use a gap filling glue, like an epoxy with filler, you can make holes a touch larger for some wiggle room if your accuracy isn't dead on.
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A dowel with glue on it will act like a piston in the hole. This is why it is so hard to clamp. If you cut a tiny groove in the dowel from end to end it should release the pressure. I would stick with the longer dowels if at all possible. There is a lot of pressure from expansion and contraction on external millwork.
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