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Blog entry by inchanga posted 08-19-2012 11:24 AM 5390 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Past experience has made me very wary of dowel joinery. I don’t need a Dowelmax…I don’t want a Dowelmax…
I can’t afford a Dowelmax…but yet I find myself on the verge of buying one. I believe I am suffering from Dowelmaxitis. This is a psychiatric illness brought on by reading too many fantastic Dowelmax reviews, written it seems by fellow sufferers who have succumbed to the illness and finally bought a Dowelmax.
Can anyone offer an antidote. Surely there must be somebody out there that has one negative thing to say about Dowlmax which might restore my sanity and replenish my bank balance…

-- chris, north wales

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#1 posted 08-19-2012 03:03 PM

I don’t know the Dowelmax, but how about a Domino as an antidote? (don’t know about the bank balance either)

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#2 posted 08-19-2012 05:52 PM

The only cure I now of is to replace it, One way make a great lathe for making bowls and other interesting
items. If you check SASmiths projects you will find a lot better way to join wood without using dowels, such
as sliding dovetails and special router bits for glue line joining. Then go to Sam Shakouri’s site and you will a find
a lot of interesting lathe projects. I realize that the cure it a lot more expensive than the disease, but it is ever
so much more fun and my psychiatrist therapist assures me that once I pay his bill I will be almost normal, maybe.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 08-19-2012 06:23 PM

I have been looking at the Jessum. I would love to have a Festool Domino but the cost is out of the question for this retired guy. I do have Festool sanders given to me by my children and I love them.
Good luck on your decision

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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#4 posted 08-19-2012 06:26 PM

Thanks Gus. You have to be crazy to be a psychiatrist. I will check out the sites above. Give your psychiatrist some dowels in payment and thasnk him for the cure….

-- chris, north wales

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#5 posted 08-19-2012 06:31 PM

Hi Old Timer. I am a coffin dodger who is destined to wear out before his tools and as a Domino costs in excess of a $1000 over here I too will give it a miss.

-- chris, north wales

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#6 posted 08-19-2012 07:08 PM

I have used a Premium Doweling Jig(Item #124315) from woodcraft and it works just fine for $66.

Or build yourself a fixed jig and save the whole $310. Seriously, $310. Its just some extruded aluminum. Sounds like they are taking advantage of folks, no matter how good it works. Compare the contents of that unit with what goes into a $310 table saw. Just my opinion, but I’ll bet there are MUCH less-expensive options.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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