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How to Use a Doweling Jig – 9 Easy Steps with Safety Precautions

how to use a doweling jig
Written by Brent Butterworth
Last Update: May 4, 2023

A doweling jig is a tool used to make accurate holes and attach two logs with precision. This tool is an excellent substitute for drilling pocket holes and ideal for crafting various frames for woodworking projects. As the tool requires accuracy for shaping and crafting, you need to know how to use a doweling jig the right way.

Here we are going to discuss about the ways to use the best dowel jig you’ve recently bought for yourself, or more specifically,

  1. Step-by-step guide on how to use a doweling jig
  2. Safety precautions while using

How to Use a Doweling Jig: Step-by-Step Guide

How to Use a Doweling Jig: Step-by-Step Guide

If you need to make a strong joint with pieces of wood, a dowel jig is an ideal option that you should try first. Aside from that, joints formed by the dowel jig are vigorous and they help to hide the joints within the wood. There are many types of dowel jigs with plenty of sizes that you should be aware of. You need to know the proper way to use it while you plan to buy one. Follow the step-by-step guide on using a dowel jig.

Step 1: You need to lose the side bolts at first on the dowel jig and remember that jigs have an expandable functionality

Step 2: Take the pieces of log you are planning to join and mark accurately on the log pieces where you want to make holes

Step 3: You need to start drilling in this step, but match the log piece’s marks at first and line up the wood parts with the jig later

Step 4: Make sure you have tighten the bolts of the logs to drill with precision

Step 5: Focus on the black round parts of the dowel jig and start drilling to make holes. You can alter the size of the black round parts to make a precise hole

Step 6: Repeat the whole process on another piece of log. Remember that when you want to drill another piece of wood with your drilling machine, take the opposite side of the jig and drill horizontally

Step 7: Use a clamp to hold the log tight to prevent unusual movements

Step 8: Now you need to match the checkmarks and place the dowels into one of the log’s hole and tighten the two logs

Step 9: Finally double check all the joints and use glue for stronger attachments

Safety Precautions

Maintain all the safety precautions while using the doweling jig. Make sure; you have read the manual while using it for the first time. In case you have made a dowel jig on your own, follow the necessary safety precautions listed below:

  • Always wear loose and thin clothing and non-slip footwear, and roll up the long sleeve of your clothing and tie your long hair during operation
  • Use goggles and glasses for eye safety
  • Do not force the tool and apply immense pressure on the dowel jig
  • Use clamps and vice to hold the log pieces tightly

To wrap it up, if you want excellent quality joints and don’t want to use a box full of instruments, a dowel jig is a perfect alternative. In addition, if you are an enthusiast woodworker, the above procedure will surely help you to have the best output from your projects.

About the author

Brent Butterworth

A Professional Woodworker & Custom Furniture Builder

Brent lives in Wisconsin and is a woodworker, custom cabinetmaker, interior consultant, and a freelance writer who got the opportunity to write several magazine articles for different publications on home improvement and woodworking. He’s always amazed at the depth and breadth of woodworking all over the globe, and feels proud to be a part of this great effort. Brent has built everything one can imagine, from unique art furniture to different types of home furniture to canoes and even a sailboat.

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