Maximum stock width for Dowel Jigs

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Forum topic by woodetal posted 05-25-2020 03:57 PM 378 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-25-2020 03:57 PM

All! Most of my joinery is M&T. Some biscuits from time to time. I have two projects that need dowels for various reasons. The stock I need to join is @2.25”. It appears the Dowelmax has greater then 2” capacity. Jessem’s max remains a mystery. Other jigs appear very limited in max stock width. What is your experience?

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#1 posted 05-25-2020 04:07 PM

Ye ole’ General 840 would go to 4” (had to look that up)
This was my first doweling jig.
Way before they had any of the fancy stuff, at least fancy stuff that I knew about.

Drilled hundreds of holes and made just as many blisters, but all and all,
it was pretty descent at lining up holes.

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#2 posted 05-25-2020 07:14 PM

The fence on the JessEm goes back to 3 1/2 inches, so you could put a dowel in the center of a 7 inch wide board. It’s also designed such that you can change the fence setting without unclamping the jig. That allows you to do arrays of dowels rather than a single row in cases where you need extra joint strength.

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#3 posted 05-25-2020 09:47 PM

6” width here. $78.50

Dowelmax classic does 4”, costs a LOT more, but it also is easier to work, and more predictable results.

I can see why older Generals are selling for a few hundred bux, they worked well, without a lot of fussing.

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#4 posted 05-26-2020 05:31 AM

Another one of my not-so cheap advise.

If you can afford it, you could do a lot worse than a Fe$tool Domino… think long term… I avoided it like the plague till they recently released their breakdown hardware… that has moved the goal post to the opposite end of the field.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 05-26-2020 06:11 AM

Maybe you could make your own

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