dMAX Box

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Project by Douglas Krueger posted 04-11-2008 06:59 PM 2493 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After months of research and reading, I decided that the Dowelmax was the ‘right’ step for me to take. Lord knows I would love to have tools for other joining methods but one thing at a time or the wallet goes thru depletion anxiety.

The kit made it here with no problems and as an added bonus there was no added import duties added this time.

The jig is pretty much what I had expected, well machined and quite easy to use. The system has additional uses beyond what the literature/DVD goes into and I have been exploring new ways to use the dMAX.

After such a hefty investment (at least for me) there was a need to protect the investment so off to the shop we go. A few days of sketches and I had a pretty good idea what I wanted.

It is solid rosewood other than the drawer box and the support shelf under the dowel boxes. As always, I try out new things on shop furnishings first and this time I experimented with wood dyeing and basic inlay work. Needless to say, the joinery was dowelling as was the handle attachment.

Am pretty happy with the results and the dMAX is happy in its new home.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#1 posted 04-11-2008 07:07 PM

good luck with it. Nice box.

-- making sawdust....

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 04-11-2008 07:36 PM

This is a nice box. Carpenters used to use their toolboxes as an advertising medium for displaying their skills. These often would be composed of fine hardwoods and dovetail joinery to showcase their owner’s craftmanship. It looks like you have gone a similar route with this project. I am sure the craftmanship you display in the box will be reflected in the projects that you make with the dowelmax.

How about posting a review of the Dowelmax?

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 04-11-2008 08:05 PM

Nice looking box. Well organized.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 04-11-2008 08:27 PM

This is cool. Perfect for protecting and organizing your favorite joinery jig.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 04-12-2008 01:57 AM

Beautiful box. I would hate to put such a wonderful box like this in my shop. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 04-12-2008 03:20 PM

every time I pull out my DowelMax I’ve thought about making a box for the parts.. ha. never imagined anything like this!!!!

Stunning box and well organized components.

have you sent this link to Jim, yet (inventor of the DowelMax)?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Belle City Woodworking

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#7 posted 07-03-2008 03:26 PM

Very nice box! Great organization. Well Done.


-- Formerly known as John's Woodshop - and NO not the one from Ohio!

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