We are starting a series of updates to our Incredible Woodworking Joints page that will include a video demonstration by Jim of the joint construction. This week features double and triple row multiple dowel joints. These types of wood joints are sufficiently strong that we consider them overkill for most applications, however we have customers that have used them successfully to build exterior doors, workbenches and large beds. For more information and a link to the video, please visit Incredible Woodworking Joints
Hi Jim. Very observant, not too many people pick up on that aspect of the test. I suppose it’s kind of unusual, but all our tests are carried out in the most honest way possible. That one was a shock, it was carried out in the office and didn’t just fail, it exploded. Luckily my wife was out at the time.
Some time ago, a friend involved in the construction industry asked me if I knew of a method to join moulding in really long stretches. He said it was infuriating, having completed a job to discover, that due to shrinkage, or just plain movement the gap at the join would open up. It was, as he described unsightly and didn’t appear very professional.
At that time I hadn’t tried to use Dowelmax in this manner but I felt fairly certain I could adjust the device to accomplish that task. I found I had to reference from the rear and bottom edge for the best arrangement of dowel cluster, and it worked beautifully.
An additional advantage was that I could also join the two pieces in the workshop, then sand the contours of the moulding so the join would marry perfectly. Once in position and glued, the seam could be filled and sanded. After priming and sanding the join was virtually invisible, and no movement or separation took place.
I intend to show the method on video on our website in the near future.