Wood dowels are cylindrical pieces of wood designed to align, attach and strengthen joints between pieces of wood. Dowels can be pre-made or cut to length from dowels. Wood dowels have rounded or chamfered ends and grooves down their sides to allow air and glue to escape.
Choosing Wood Dowels
Dowel pins are a simple way to strengthen wood joints. Here are some tips for choosing and using dowels:
Using Wood Dowels
To create a wood dowel joint:
A box joint is a good alternative to a dovetail joint, since the box joint creates a very strong joint without the complicated cuts required by a dovetail joint.
Using a pocket hole jig can create pocket holes in a snap. It makes advanced joinery easy.