Dowels joinery pretty much ensures two things: first, you’ll have a strong joint. The second is that you’ll have a frustrating time getting everything to line up — particularly on butt joints where you’re joining two boards edge to edge. Wolfcraft’s Dowel Pro jig claims to eliminate some of that frustration, saving you time as well.
Their kit includes the jig, two clamps, three depth stops and 60 dowels in three sizes. The great thing about the jig is that you can clamp and drill both pieces at the same time. This is true whether you’re talking about corners, edge-to-edge joints, or T-butt joints. This practically ensures that you’ll get things to line up when it’s time to glue everything up.
At first the jig wasn’t really intuitive from the pictures, but luckily Wolfcraft offers a detailed manual that’s even available online so you can check it out before you cough up $40 of your hard-earned dough. Though you can also score it at Amazon for $36 with free shipping right now.