Dowel Jigs The Easy Way

You’ve got a lot of options for assembling two pieces of wood.

Traditional joints like dovetails or mortise and tenons are great when working with solid wood.

More recently, dominos, biscuits and dowels have proved very effective with sheet materials.

From my experience of stair building, I’ve found that a bolt and dowel joint is great for ensuring accurate placement of the parts, more so in fact than mortise and tenon. We’ve got a series of videos in Wood Designer showing you how to make this Bolt and Dowel Assembly Jig.

However, for cabinetry too I soon discovered that similar jigs, with the exception of the bolt, were great for joining boards and for framed panels instead of the mortise and tenon.

Dowel jigs for these kind of purposes are extremely quick and cheap to make, and result in strong joints too. You can throw them together on site and discard after they’re so simple to make. Here’s a photo of one:

dowel jigs

There are lots on the market to buy, but homemade dowel jigs are a great alternative.

Alternatives include the biscuit jointer but positioning biscuits takes time, and they protrude if you’re joining parts that are under 70 millimetres wide.

Dominos do work well, but they are expensive and hard to justify unless you are working on a lot of projects.

For amateur or part time woodworkers, a DIY dowel jig or something very similar is a great option for everything from framing and boards and joining end to end or edge to edge, to drilling and cam placement.

For more workshop tips and jigs, click here to join the Wood Designer Community.

Thanks for reading!

Leave A Response

* Denotes Required Field