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Forum topic by BlasterStumps posted 07-06-2018 10:05 PM 672 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BlasterStumps

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07-06-2018 10:05 PM

I found another doweling guide but don’t know a whole lot about it. It is a Dowl-it 1000 self-centering drill guide. Looks like it is good condition. I could only see some evidence of use at the 5/16” hole. Hope that is a good sign rather than a sign it was not set up correctly : ( Anyway I will give it a try soon. I have had a Stanley 59 guide for about 35 years along with a couple sets of the points.

I presume the best bits to use with the Dowl-it guide would be brad-point wood bits?

Anyone using the Dowl-it care to share their knowledge of it? I’m hoping it is going to be a useful tool.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado


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#1 posted 07-06-2018 10:41 PM

I have one just like it and I hardly ever use it. It is usually much more desirable to have a doweling jig that references one flat surface rather than one that centers itself between two parallel surfaces. I do a lot of dowel joints and I usually use a Dowelmax. There are other good ones but they are expensive.

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#2 posted 07-06-2018 10:54 PM

Dowelmax is the way to go. Very Accurate!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 07-06-2018 10:57 PM

I too have one and used it quite a bit back in the day.
I have used all kinds of bits in it but the brad points work best.
after I got the biscuit joiner, I don’t think I have used it since.
I wonder how much the “vintage” models are bringing on ebay ?? LOL
hang onto the box. antique tools are worth more if you have a good box for it.

-- I am a painter. That's what I do. I paint things --

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#4 posted 07-06-2018 11:16 PM

I was wondering how old it was. Going by the box, I don’t think it is real new. I’ve only got a buck fifty in it so if it turns out not too useful, I am not out a whole lot. Between the two guides, I should be able to get dowels into the workpiece. Hopefully.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#5 posted 07-07-2018 01:06 AM

One thing I might take away from the videos that I watched of Dowelmax is the use of the rod that establishes the repetitive hole spacing. I could make that easily enough. It’s simply a great idea.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#6 posted 07-08-2018 01:11 PM

I have one and have used it for a long time. I have a genuine “Dowl-it”. There are knock offs.

I’ve found it doesn’t center exactly. To reduce this error, I make sure the T handle always faces either the front or back of the project to be doweled. I hope this makes sense.

Mark Brad point drills drill tight holes and add the need for more “armstrong” when clamping the work together.

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