How to Use a Doweling Jig

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How to Use a Doweling Jig
A wide-capacity economy jig. (Woodcraft Supply, LLC;;=821330)

A dowelling jig helps you drill a straight hole in a precise location, as when you are dowelling two or more pieces of wood together. It is also helpful if you simply need to drill a straight hole into a piece of wood. Dowelling jigs are handy for many woodworking projects, including building face frames for cabinets and bookcases, or legs and foot rests for a bar stool.

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Things you need

  • Drill
  • Wood clamp
  • Masking tape

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  1. 1

    Butt the wood pieces together and clamp them so they do not move. Mark the wood where the dowels will be inserted with a pencil. The pencil mark should span the joint so both pieces of wood are marked in the same place, and the holes will line up when they are joined together with a dowel.

  2. 2

    Remove the clamp from the wood. Place the dowelling jig on the wood. Line the mark with the desired hole diameter by the mark on the wood.

  3. 3

    Place the drill bit into the drill and tighten the chuck around the drill bit. Place a piece of tape around the bit to mark the depth limit of the hole you are drilling (optional). Drill the hole. Remove the dowelling jig.

  4. 4

    Repeat Steps 1 through 3 for each hole that needs to be drilled.

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