Rated 2.8 out of 5 by 15
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Gnome Drill Stops not square & set screw comes out
I purchase for some furniture repair the alignment mechanism is good. However the drill stops do not mount square to the drill bit and the set screw comes out of the stop before it reaches the drill bit.
Eve it you mount it on the recessed flute the stop isn't square. The stop needs to be longer to keep it square to the drill bit. See attached pic top is General #841 and lower is an old Craftsman / General bit and drill stop.
February 4, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JADA EZ dowel joining jig
I purchased the EZ Dowel joining jig for a one time table making project. Since the purchase I have used this particular jig on over a dozen projects. Limited room in my shop requires more portable type tools and this is great for ALL doweling projects. The Jig itself is built of quality materials, as well as the incluced bits. They stay sharp even with continous use with Red Oak though I have replaced the 5/16" bit due to so much use . probally have drilled 600 dowels with this product and its as good as it was new. Great for the DYI or someone with limited shop room. You just need a strong level work surface to attach to and your ready to go.
December 6, 2009
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Stefan1968 Terrible tool. Do not buy.
Warning... This is NOT an accurate tool. Holes are consistently 1/16 off. This is a deal killer. Dont buy it!!!
April 3, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Speedy Perfect for Small Projects
This dowel jig is perfect for small projects where you need half a dozen or less holes drilled. Does it get the job done? Yes. Is it for a serious woodworker? No.
I used it to modify two drawers on a vanity to accommodate a vessel sink drain where I had to shorten the depth of the drawers by three inches. The kit made the mod easy and affordable for a one time project. The precision of this tool enough for most basic DIY projects but if you were building and installing custom cabinets then I would suggest a much higher priced tool/kit.
May 13, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by RASTL Can marr up work - drill bit not true.
The kit is nice in that you are provided everything you need to get going - jig, bits, stops, markers and dowels. The jig is fairly well made, but beware of rough areas (specifically where the bushings thread into the jig's body) that can quickly marr up your work piece. Also, the alignment gauge on the jig doesn't seem to be exactly on center, so I would recommend drilling holes in one piece and then using the marking pins for alignment rather than trusting pencil marks. A last complaint is that one of the bits is not true - it's not by much, but it's noticeable.
Overall, I've been able to make acceptable dowel joints and haven't ruined any material due to the kit's short comings.
November 17, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by michael returned immediately
Can't say how it works as it was broken out of the package, The lock bolt was stripped in the aluminum clamp. A few turns and it jammed, then the plastic knob broke off. Given tht the lock bolt relies on the strength of the threads in the aluminum - even a working unit would not be long for the world. Also - I drove 15 extra miles to a HD for a tool listed in stock online - that was not the case which is how I got this junk in the first place.
September 1, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer Doweling Jig
This is an easy to use and very well made product. Makes drilling dowel holes easy and they go in straight. Easy to set the depth stops. Just have to make sure the set screws in the stops are on the flute of the drill and not in the slot in it and they work absolutely fantastic.
November 4, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by RayR Not useful for accurate dowel work
You can do better freehand than with this product. The frame is flexible so if when you tighten down the jig it will throw your hole off by 1-3 degrees. If you have a door frame (as I did) you'll have a very difficult time getting a square and flat joint. You can overcome this to some degree by alternating which side of the piece that you attach the jig to and take some of the slop out in the glueup but a decent jig wouldn't have this flex and slop. Also for all the fiddling with the stop on the drill bit you are better off using a piece of tape. It's quicker and more accurate since the stop will skew since the setpin is at an angle on the bit. I'm returning my set tomorrow. Not worth the price paid. You are better off saving up for a quality set or doing your pieces freehand.
April 19, 2013