You've probably heard the saying. It rings true for this DIY Dowel Jig project.
Shop projects are a vise for me. I hate wasting my time building a shop project that I might only use once. If I do a shop project video for my YouTube channel, you can bank on the fact that you will be seeing that shop project being used in subsequent video projects.
I do not build shop projects for the sake of building shop projects. If I build them, then their is a need.
While I was building the DIY Small Backyard Chicken Coop I decided I wanted a different way to assemble the project. Thus the DIY Dowel Jig was born.
TIPS: The following measurements may be substituted.
1.5" = 1x2's
2.5" = 1x3's
3.5" = 1x4's
5.5" = 1x6's
Use caution working with solid lumber wider than 1x6's. Especially soft woods such as pine. I find they show a greater propensity to warp, twist and cup. Gluing boards side by side, otherwise known as a glue up, will offer greater stability across the project.
DIY Dowel Jig
1 - base @ 24" x 12" (I used a shelf from an old particle board book case)
1 - clamp bar @ 6" x 1.5" (I used a scrap piece of 1x2)
1 - piece of hardwood @ 22" x 3.5"
Attach a scrap 1x2 to the underside of the base. This piece gets clamped in a bench vise to hold the whole jig steady while working.
Attach the top rails. You can view the video above to see how I attached them. These two pieces need to be exactly 90 degrees to each other. A reliable framing square is a handy thing to have on hand.
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