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What types of joint can you make with dowels?

What types of joint can you make with dowels?

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Pre-cut dowel pegs, which can be used to create a variety of different types of dowel joints Dowels can be used to accurately create and reinforce a variety of different types of joint for use in furniture making and frame joinery.

Edge to edge joints

Illustration of an edge to edge joint using dowels The simplest type of joint involves joining two edges of a piece of wood together. This is referred to as an edge to edge joint, or an edge to edge butt joint.
Picture frame using edge to edge joints It is often used to create picture or door frames.

L-shaped joints

Illustration of an L-shaped joint or corner joint that has been created using dowels When an edge is joined to the thin end of the surface of a wooden plank, it is referred to as a corner joint, an edge to corner joint, or an L-shaped joint.
Wooden cabinet created using L-shaped dowel joints This is most often used when making cases, cabinets or shelving units.

T-shaped joints

Illustration of a T-shaped joint or T-butt joint created using dowels T-Butt, or T-Shaped joints are created by joining the edge of a piece of wood to any location on the surface of another plank of wood that is not at its edge.
Wooden shelves created using t-butt dowelling joints This type of joint is used to support shelves in cabinets and shelving units.

Carcassing joints

Illustration of a carcassing joint made with wooden dowels A carcassing joint is formed when an edge butt is lined up against the long edge of another plank’s surface. This is used in furniture making to create shelf and cabinet backs.

Mitre joints

Mitre joint created using wooden dowels If you’re feeling adventurous, you might try making a mitre joint. In this type of joint, two pieces of wood are cut at 45 degree angles.
Image of a picture frame created using mitred dowelling joints This technique is most often used in picture frames. It is considered to be a neat way of working as it hides the ends of each constituent piece of wood.

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