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#1 posted 12-17-2020 05:52 AM

I’m currently working on a kitchen cart (my 2nd of this particular design). It’s basically a plywood lower cabinet on wheels. I use dowels to attach 3/4×3/4” hardwood trim to cover the plywood edges. For various reasons throughout the build it’s nice to dry fit the trim, like measuring and test fitting adjacent parts.

I use high quality 3/4” ply, a cheap Milescraft doweling jig, dowel centers to line things up, and fluted dowels. I’ve used 1/4” and 3/8” diameter dowels without any issues.

Also, you mention you’re building a dresser. What parts are you using the dowels for? If you’re talking about attaching the horizontal pieces (bottom/top/shelves) to the sides, I think a dadoe and glue would be stronger. But if you’re talking about things like stretchers or face frame then go for the dowels or biscuits.

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