Since 1910, General Tools has grown to become the recognized industry leader for specialty hand tools and instruments. As an FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), certified company, General’s Wood Joining Program includes wood based products that are manufactured in accordance with FSC standards. The FSC is an independent, nongovernmental; not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests and is nationally represented in more than 50 countries around the world. With this dowel kit, joining cabinets, frames and working on other wood joining projects has never been easier.
Kit includes: 12 1/4 in. dowel pins, one 1/4 in. brad point drill bit, one 1/4 in. drill stop collar, two 1/4 in. dowel centers and 1 hex key
All wood based products are manufactured in accordance with FSC standards
Set includes all the necessary accessories for wood joining jobs
This is a nice kit. It contains everything you need but the wood and the glue! The dowels are a nice size and there are 24 of them. They are a good length and seem to be made well. It does come with the tools you need to help install the dowels. I will use them to make a bird feeder or a bird house if my husband doesn't get to them first. I think this is a great product. I have never seen a dowel kit that had the tools in it.
Pros: Easy to Install, Easy to Use, Easy to Work With, Economical, Good Shape, Good Size & Weight, Great Value, High Quality, Performs Well, Seals Well, Straight
Helps create strong dowel joints that line up easily
This is a neat little kit to get started on dowel joinery. I used this to joint 4/4 red oak to make drawer fronts and it worked pretty well. I've never used dowel centers before but they were nice and handy.
I set my my drilling depth by tightening down the stop collar. Measured and drilled my holes. Then I inserted the dowel centers into the drill holes, lined up the piece i was joining, then applied pressure with clamps so that the dowel center made an indent; telling me where to drill the complementary holes. I drilled out the next holes where they were marked, did a test fit, then glued and clamped together.
Thoughts after Use:
- The dowel centers were finicky to get into the drilled holes and I had to pull them out with pliers, so that was slightly annoying
- it was nice to transfer the hole location directly rather than measuring on the other board and risking it being slightly off
- The dowels lined up the two joining faces well but I still had to put clamps on the face to pull them even (see pick)
- The drill bit cuts quick and smooth
- The dowels lined up well and everything clamped together evenly
I plan to use this more and more rather than just gluing the joining faces. The dowels add some strength but they really help keeping the pieces flat and even during glue-up
Works great, except the back of the package says they are 1/4" dowels, but when you open the pack...
December 17, 2020
Works great, except the back of the package says they are 1/4" dowels, but when you open the package it says they are 5/16".
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