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Which Dowel Jig for aligment of cabinets/shelves in plywood/mdf?

by mickmick
posted 11-29-2018 02:13 PM

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#1 posted 11-29-2018 03:36 PM

I use a stupid simple General dowel jig. Works well, and not expensive at all.

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#2 posted 11-29-2018 07:38 PM

Sounds interesting – what is it exactly?

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#3 posted 11-29-2018 10:12 PM

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#4 posted 11-30-2018 12:53 PM

I have a Dowlit jig I bought back in ‘79. It looks like the one you linked to is a copy. It was used for over 10 years before I bought better one with a cord attached.

Right away I realized using the absolute center of the thickness was a problem. I bought a lot of from different suppliers. Some came in at 13/16, some at 25/32, and some at 3/4”. Using absolute center for dowels would cause both surfaces to be uneven, or not match up. I quickly offset my jig, and my holes are about 1/16 off center. When the pieces are marked for the dowels and drilled, the top will be aligned. I did the same for all my face frames until I found a Pacco horizontal borer. In this case, it would be way too much trouble finding center, so I raised the bit until it’s about 3/8” from the table. I can do 5/8” up to 8 quarter on one setup. On the 8 quarter, I mark both sides, flip it over and a hole for each side. ............ Jerry (in Tucson)

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#5 posted 12-01-2018 05:42 PM

Nubs – think you are right about centering, I’ll just be more careful about organising the panels.

Did some research today and the Jessem appeals but can it be indexed from the end of a panel? I see it being used to mate faces via a pencil mark, but can it be indexed from the side of a panel in some way?

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#6 posted 12-02-2018 11:09 PM

Check out these 2 jigs one is Phil Thein who is making a $50 jig that you can do 1/4”or 3/8”. The other one I like is the Dowel Wizard for about $79.95. I have not used either of these, but thinking about trying them. I bought the JessEM Doweling Jig Master Kit. I like it, had a small learning curve figuring out the offset from the edge, that and old 2×4s that were a little wider than today’s. I also own the Rockler offset set your stock has to be the right dimension to get the correct centering. The self centering jigs, have either removal or fixed. These all work well, but I prefer the JessEM. Dan

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#7 posted 12-03-2018 12:17 AM

Get a biscuit jointer. Perfect for what you want to do.

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