Dowelled Edgetoedge Joint

The planks for this joint are prepared in the same way as for the simple edge-to-edge joints, and the dowels are added to assist in keeping the boards in line when they are clamped. As the dowels do not add to the gluing area, this joint is probably no stronger than the simple edge-to-edge joint.

A dowelled joint is simple to make with a jig, but can be very difficult to put together accurately without one, as it is not easy to get the holes to line up. If a jig is not available, a small and inexpensive aid to this is dowel pins. These fit into the first row of holes drilled, and are then pressed on the second edge to mark the position where the second row of holes is to be drilled.

Dowelled Edge Joint

1 Prepare the edges of the boards in the same way as for the simple edge-to-edge joint. Using a dowelling jig, drill the dowel holes about 6in (152mm) apart. Prepare some suitable hardwood dowels. Apply glue to the edges of the planks, and push the dowels into the holes, then quickly push the planks together for clamping.

2 When clamping, alternate the position of the clamps so that they are on both faces of the board. Plane the faces flat when gluing up is finished.

FIG 4.9

Making a dowelled edge-to-edge joint.

FIG 4.9

Making a dowelled edge-to-edge joint.

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