What are wooden dowels used for?
|Dowels are used for making strong, accurate joints in wood.|
|They are thicker and sturdier than nails or screws and therefore less prone to breakage.|
|They provide a stronger joint than just using glue as they insert into both the pieces of wood being joined together. This means they cannot easily snap apart.|
|They are regularly used in the construction of a huge number of wooden household items and pieces of furniture, including picture and door frames…|
|…attaching table and chair legs…|
|…and constructing wooden shelves and racks.|
Why are dowels so suitable for joinery?
|Using dowels eliminates the need to use nails or screws.|
|Joints made with dowels cannot slip and, when constructed accurately, are guaranteed to be neat.
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Other uses of dowels
|Dowels are used in woodworking for a variety of purposes other than jointing.|
|They can be used to repair stripped screw holes. These are holes that have lost their thread and will no longer hold a screw.|
|In toy-making, dowels are perfect for axles in toy vehicles.|
|Amateur fletchers use dowel rods to make arrows.|
|Gymnastics grips are often reinforced with dowels, which rest between the gymnast’s fingers and the gymnastic equipment to prevent blistering.|
|Dowels can be seeded with spores, then hammered into treated logs to create home fungus farms.|