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Forum topic by bilyo posted 12-26-2017 10:39 PM 492 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-26-2017 10:39 PM

I don’t do a lot of dowel joinery. However, I recently had a restoration project that required some doweling work. I purchased this doweling jig from Harbor Freight. When I tried to use it, I found that my standard fractional drills fit very tightly in the guides. I finally found a metal cutting bit that would barely work and I was able to finish my job. Although everything regarding this tool refers to fractional sizes, I’m wondering if the guides are actually metric. I have nothing to compare it too. Has anyone had similar experience with this tool.

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#1 posted 12-26-2017 11:01 PM

The guides were fine, but the tool is horrible and doesn’t work. I bought an identical tool, machined with proper tolerances, from Woodcraft for $65.

I suggest returning it while you can. Reviews on Harbor Freight’s website indicate my experience is not isolated

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#2 posted 12-27-2017 06:25 PM

The positive/negative reviews indicate to me it is a hit or miss proposition buying anything from HF. In defense of HF, I have found a few real gems. It seems when the local name brands get worse, HF seems to look better.

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