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post #1 of 3 Old 05-02-2020, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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wood dowels-what size?

I am connecting a 7/8" thick board to a table leg and want to use wood dowels. I am worried about splitting the wood when I drill and install the dowels in the edge of the wood. 1/4" looks too small but 3/8" might split the wood when I push the dowel into the drilled hole?

Is there such a thing as a "chart" or rule of thumb on this situation?
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-02-2020, 07:25 PM
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Some say 1/2 the thickness, others 3/8 the thickness of the material, as for splitting drill a hole that fits the dowel and the wood won't split.

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I would go with 1/3 to 1/2 the board thickness for dowels. Mortise and tenon work, of which dowels are similar, tends to be 1/3 the thickness of the board for the mortise and tenon work. Dowels fall into the same category, but it's really up to the builder to choose the best size for the project.

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