What are dowels?
Dowels are small rods or pegs that are used to reinforce wooden joints and to support shelves.
They can be bought in uniform, pre-cut sizes...
...or they can be bought as rods, allowing a DIYer to cut them to the length they require.
It's also possible for woodworkers to make their own dowels from strips of wood.
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Because they come in so many different sizes, dowels are hugely versatile.