Dowel joinery is very strong, but you might have some difficulty lining up the pieces. The biscuit solves this alignment problem, so it’s grown more popular in recent years. But just when you thought the dowel had lost to the biscuit, Freud comes out with their new doweling joiner.
With the doweling joiner, drilling precise dowel holes becomes as easy as cutting biscuit slots. If that’s not enough, the joiner can also drill precise rows of shelf-pin holes.
Freud gave their doweling joiner a 6.5A motor that’s more than adequate to power the twin bits. The joiner accepts standard 10mm shank boring bits in sizes from 3/16” to 1/2” diameter or 5mm to 12mm. You can adjust the fence for any joint angle, and a rack-and-pinion system adjusts the height. The adjustable drilling depth allows you to adapt the tool for different lumber sizes.
With the bits spaced 32mm or 1-1/4” from center to center, the joiner is compatible with the European standard for shelving pins. The machine’s adjustable indexing pins allow you to adjust the distance to get the right hole spacing regardless of the bit size.
Freud has not announced pricing for their new doweling joiner.
Doweling Joiner [Freud]