How to use dowels to make wooden joints

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In theory, using dowels to join wood is relatively easy, as it just involves drilling holes and pushing dowels into them.

In practice, it will take a little thought, planning and measuring to ensure that your dowelling is a success – as accuracy is vital.

Remember: The more dowels you use to support a joint, the stronger it will be.

Making a dowel joint

Step 1 – Finding centre of edge butt

Measure and mark out a centre line along the length of the edge butt using a pencil, as shown on the two adjacent boards in the image on the left.

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