A Classic Woodworking Joint That's Often Forgotten

A Classic Woodworking Joint That's Often Forgotten

Leah demonstrates how to use a dowel jig to create a basic dowel joint. This classic woodworking joint is a perfect one for beginner woodworkers to learn!

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  1. Maxxis on May 15, 2023 at 10:37 am

    Product unavailable.😢
    Did you ever do a video on how to make your own dowel jig Leah?

  2. artincorona on May 15, 2023 at 10:37 am

    Came across this video trying to get more info on the dowling jig you used in this video to figure out if this was a decent jig. It seems like it’s a very basic but well manufactured product. I’m going to check it out today at the local Rockler store. You did a great job and explaining how to use this jig and I now have a better understanding of how they work.

  3. miso on May 15, 2023 at 10:38 am

    A sir or a lady?

  4. Ære Først on May 15, 2023 at 10:40 am

    This woman is awesome. Always so positive and encouraging and the videos are great.

  5. Danger Bear on May 15, 2023 at 10:40 am

    Jigs save a ton of time and anguish. I spent close to $200 on some jigs to make plantation style shutters. I must have drilled a thousand holes by the time it was over. A bit expensive, but they came out great, with the only screw ups being operator error. I saved about $8 grand by not paying a commercial outfit make them .

  6. Billybob Fudpucker on May 15, 2023 at 10:40 am

    An alternative to measuring out the centers between dowel holes for a flat piece of wood is using dowel hole pins. Cheap as chips on Amazon etc.

  7. BKYBZ on May 15, 2023 at 10:41 am

    What about centering points – the metal tips that insert into a dowel hole and then you tap into wood? No measuring required and the points are dead on!

  8. paul kohler on May 15, 2023 at 10:41 am

    Simple & Good Info.

  9. Anthony Audain on May 15, 2023 at 10:44 am


  10. Robsb1234 on May 15, 2023 at 10:45 am

    Leah, have you tried Milescraft DowelJigKit? Part Number 13090003. It doesn’t look as precise as the Rockler jigs that you showed, but it looks more versatile. Here is a video of it in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QALncuFuEgk

    I haven’t tried it, but it is only $20 for the whole kit, it seems like a good deal.

  11. Evelyn MONTEZ on May 15, 2023 at 10:46 am

    My father was a carpenter. This is great to watch! Brings back memories

  12. Jack of all Trades on May 15, 2023 at 10:46 am

    I’m really enjoying your videos, and can feel my confidence rising, please keep it up, you are brilliant

  13. Roland Métayer on May 15, 2023 at 10:47 am

    At first, I thought Jane was a John. She is indeed, a very good teacher. I like her videos a great deal. Thanks Leah ! ! !

  14. Charles Pearce on May 15, 2023 at 10:47 am

    Nicely done

  15. Beer on May 15, 2023 at 10:49 am

    Another amazing video

  16. osos231 on May 15, 2023 at 10:51 am

    Leah, I love your channel. You’re a very good teacher. You explain things in detail and that’s what sets you apart from the rest

  17. Sunshine M on May 15, 2023 at 10:52 am

    Love you, hope your doing well, you have taught all of us so much

  18. downhill2400 on May 15, 2023 at 10:52 am

    It’s all about the tools! Great video.

  19. Horacio Dascanio on May 15, 2023 at 10:55 am

    Hello Leah, I am from Argentina, sorry if i missed it but, how do you vary the place of the hole accordng to different thickness of woods, thanks a lot for your videos.

  20. myriam mcmanus on May 15, 2023 at 10:56 am

    I’m teaching myself how to build stuff and fix stuff. I love your videos and your great teaching skills. You’re awesome. God bless you.

  21. A Guitar Called Chutzpah on May 15, 2023 at 10:56 am

    Excellent vid. Very thorough and informative

  22. Bob Scruggs on May 15, 2023 at 10:59 am

    Your videos are great !

  23. oobaka1967 on May 15, 2023 at 10:59 am

    I like using a dowel center set to avoid the need for measuring when not doweling on the edge. Built a basic 2×4 bench using only dowels last summer. Big 1" dowels.
    Love every one of your videos, Leah. You make things easy to understand.

  24. Alexandria Smollet on May 15, 2023 at 10:59 am

    How would this jig work on joining 4×4’s? Is it possible? For example, I want to make a work bench using 4×4’s as the table top. I am practicing to be a traditional style woodworker so I’d rather stay away from power tools.

  25. Sundance MacGregor on May 15, 2023 at 11:01 am

    My new fav YouTube channel. Your knowledge, your kindness, your supportive attitude. I always learn something. <3

  26. Evelyn MONTEZ on May 15, 2023 at 11:02 am


  27. Greg Cohane on May 15, 2023 at 11:04 am

    The Rockler jig is no longer sold on Amazon, but ‘Milescraft’ makes a more versatile option: https://www.milescraft.com/product/doweljigkit/

  28. Adam E on May 15, 2023 at 11:07 am

    This is a brilliant channel. Thank you.

  29. Alex Merola on May 15, 2023 at 11:09 am

    Your videos are so awesome! thank you

  30. Jason Turner on May 15, 2023 at 11:10 am

    Thank you Leah, I’m about to check it out right now! Also, would you then measure the length of each side after getting the angle?

  31. Hamid Khan on May 15, 2023 at 11:10 am

    Hi Leah, I really love your work specially the way you explain. I am going to start furniture business soon but the problem is most of the tools and jigs are not available here in Pakistan or too much expensive, is there any possiblity that you or some other guy could send 2nd hand tools/jigs to me? I will pay in advance. But plz remember I have a very very limited budget so I need inexpensive tools. Plz advice

  32. Tito De Jesus on May 15, 2023 at 11:11 am

    Damn!!! I love your enthusiasm, delivery and your knowledge is deep and you EASILY share it.

  33. Alexandre Almeida on May 15, 2023 at 11:12 am

    Thank YouTube Jane. Please, turn off The mic when drill Woods.

  34. Hossenfeffer on May 15, 2023 at 11:15 am

    Leah, you are my hero! Off I go to fix my cutting board

  35. hohaia rangi on May 15, 2023 at 11:16 am

    The jig seems to only work with a certain thickness of timber.. any thicker or thinner and the holes would be off centre.

  36. Karla Nováková on May 15, 2023 at 11:16 am

    Forgotten joint? That is almost only joint in Ikea like cheap furniture ?!

  37. Steve Garrett on May 15, 2023 at 11:16 am

    Thanks lots for what you do! Learning to make my life easier with your methods and tips! God bless!

  38. Katie on May 15, 2023 at 11:17 am

    Because of you I am setting up a home woodshop!

  39. ISTO maker on May 15, 2023 at 11:20 am

    My favourite joint, nice video.

  40. Mariwynne Winton on May 15, 2023 at 11:20 am

    After several uses, does the drill bit enlarge the guide hole in the jig?

  41. James Birkin on May 15, 2023 at 11:22 am

    I love it when you say right on the money lol

  42. J B on May 15, 2023 at 11:22 am

    I love this lady such a great teacher!!! ❤️

  43. Eliusalmo1 on May 15, 2023 at 11:23 am

    Great! Thanks!

  44. Ted Haubrich on May 15, 2023 at 11:23 am

    I love Leah’s videos, by far my favorite resource for learning how to maintain my 100 year old house, but I’m not a big fan of dowel joints except for lining up the boards for edge glued panels. (which is what she was showing here, so maybe she agrees with me?) A screw, a tennon, a domino, a biscuit, a bolt all seem to hold up better with time. I think the dowel joints just don’t have enough surface area for the glue to stick to. Also I know Leah likes to keep things simple but dowel centers might be worth mentioning. They are inexpensive and prevent having to measure when you don’t have a edge to reference a dowel jig.

  45. Ronald Howard on May 15, 2023 at 11:25 am

    You never disappoint me

  46. mike crook on May 15, 2023 at 11:32 am

    Is this device more effective or more accurate than using dowel centers?

  47. K Shanks on May 15, 2023 at 11:33 am

    For an edge to flat dowel joint, dowel pins can make it more accurate than trying to measure the distance between your pins. Dowel pins are cheap and really easy to use.

  48. MechMinded on May 15, 2023 at 11:34 am

    You can use dowel centre transfer plugs as opposed to measuring up, send the jig holes in, pop the centre plugs in, press your piece against the other, and you are good to go. Saves time.

  49. Jo on May 15, 2023 at 11:36 am

    You can also use some lipstick on the edge of the dowel and it will mark your location dots. But guys don’t take your wife’s lipstick get the cheap stuff from dollar tree and keep a couple in your shop they come in handy. I just bought this jig have not used it yet but will be playing with it soon I like yours it looks easy this one is a little intimidating. Milescraft 13090003 Dowel Jig Kit ,Klingspor’s Woodworking Shop But it was cheap I ordered it from home depot but next time i will get stuff from walmart it’s faster and cheaper.

  50. Rubber Dwellers on May 15, 2023 at 11:36 am

    Great video. When I build cabinets or shelves I use this joint in combination with lap joints. No expensive pocket hole jigs no screws. Glue it up and clamp it. If you can find ash or oak dowels grab them.
    Place nail polish on the tips of the dowel rod to mark your spot where you cannot use the jig.

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