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1x Miller Birch Dowels, 40 Pack

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Voted one of the hot new tools from the 2002 Show Circuit by Wood Magazine! Miller Dowel has reintroduced peg construction with distinct advantages over standard dowel construction.

  1. Select the best-sized Miller Dowel and corresponding Miller Dowel Drill Bit for your application. Align and secure the wood pieces to be joined. (You may even choose to glue and set all components in place.) Drill the stepped pilot hole for the dowel.*
  2. Spread a small amount of glue on the ribbed sections of the dowel and insert it so that it drops approximately two-thirds its length. (It will self-center and align with the 2nd board even if you have not preglued or clamped the components.)
  3. Tap the dowel until fully inserted.
  4. Trim/sand any raised portion.

*The depth drilled determines the depth of insertion. This not only allows users to countersink, tap flush, or leave raised, but also gives woodworkers the option to only use a portion of the dowel.

If only 2 ½ sections of the drill bit is used, then only 2 ½ sections of the dowel will be inserted. This technique doubles the versatility of the product because it means that each size Miller Dowel is two sizes in one. It is an ideal feature when depth or thickness is restrictive, or for achieving a decorative effect.

The Miller Dowel is perfect for use in a wide variety of wood joining and fastening applications, such as furniture, decks/docks, stairs and hand railings, cabinets, windows and doors and more! Helps you avoid the problems associated with nails and screws, such as wood rot, metal corrosion and rust, nail pops, and splitting of the grain. Choose from 1x, 2x or NEW Mini-X Quick Drill kits, which include stepped drill bit and 50 Birch dowels. Dowels available in three sizes: 1x for boards up to 1" thick, and 2x for boards up to 1-3/4" thick and NEW Mini-X for joining 1/2" stock. Drill bits fit 3/8" chuck. Additional packs of 25 dowels also available in birch, oak, cherry and walnut.

Joining wood with wooden fasteners avoids the problems with nails and screws, such as Wood rot, of which even a minor amount compromises joint strength,

  • 1) Metal corrosion and rust
  • 2) Dangerous "Nail Pops" or "Shiners"
  • 3) Splitting of the grain.


Peg Construction traditionally involves the difficult task of driving a pin dowel into a pilot hole that is just as tight at the top as it is at the bottom. Not only do you have to use a hammer from the very beginning, but it only gets tougher the deeper you get!

The MILLER Dowel is inserted 75% by hand because of the relationship of the dowel shape to its pilot hole. You get better holding strength, and it is easier to tap in!

Another advantage of having the dowel inserted so far through the top board is that the pilot hole does not have a chance to misalign. The hole for a traditional dowel must be perfectly matched up so the dowel can enter the second piece of wood without problems.

The MILLER Dowel is already well into the second piece of wood before you even reach for your hammer!
The MILLER Dowel has exceptional holdingstrength because the shoulder between the widest and second widest sections gets lodged in the top board. This produces a capping effect like the head on a screw or a nail.

This dowel has excellent adhesion as glue remains all along the MILLER Dowel’s length, settling under each shoulder, instead of being forced down to the bottom of the hole or sheared off at the top.

Many woodworkers appreciate the decorative appearance of the pegged or “Shaker” look. Since our dowels can be stained prior to insertion, it simple to enhance the contrast for both light and dark woods.

Why use plugs to cover countersunk screws? Using plugs involves drilling a pilot hole, screwing in a fastener, then gluing and inserting the plug. Why not just skip a step by using a MILLER Dowel?Plus, you won't worry about the plugs falling out and disappearing.

Our fit remains tight. Unlike nails or screws, wooden dowels are naturally flexible and dampen vibration. There is no compression of the surrounding wood, which would loosen the fit.

The original intent for our product was to be a safety fastener. Injuries and damages caused by exposed nail/screw heads are prevented by using MILLER Dowels.

MILLER Dowels introduce a new joinery technique that can be used instead of difficult, expensive, and/or very time consuming methods like blind dowels, biscuits, pocket screws, or mortise and tenon.

There is one timesaving assembly technique that is made possible by MILLER Dowels. A Chicago woodworker developed this as an alternative to the mortise and tenon joinery in his furniture design.

  • In this method, pieces of wood to be joined are simply glued and aligned. Once cured, the glue eliminates the need for a brace.
  • Pilot holes are then drilled, and the dowels can then be inserted for structural support.
  • Not only does this method guarantee perfectly flush joinery, but it takes 25% of the time!
More Information
Manufacturer Part Number B12D11-40
Weight 0.1500
5.0 / 5.0
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The best, most economical cribbage pegs for 1/4" holes.
October 26, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Miller dowells
I use these all the time they are great.
November 28, 2018
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Miller dowels
A customer used screws to repair a set of chairs and wondered why they they were not tight. I replaced the screws with #1 & 2 MILLER DOWELS about as fast as they put in screws. Best dowels around
February 9, 2017
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
These dowels are easy to use and do a fine job.
August 4, 2016
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Miller dowels
I think miller dowels is one of the greatest ways of attaching two pieces of wood together and having the holes covered in one shot. I use them alot.
December 27, 2015
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Love these miller dowels
I use these dowels all the time. I make all kinds of chairs and also use the dowels to support and beautiful my joints.
June 8, 2015
over 5 years ago
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Liked for hinge repair application.
Warren B on Apr 28, 2020
Use these a lot. Dont like screws.
Clarence B on Nov 9, 2019
Liked for hinge repair application.
Warren B on Apr 28, 2020
I have used these many times.they hold well and look great when finished.
Michael L on Dec 9, 2019
Use these a lot. Dont like screws.
Clarence B on Nov 9, 2019
Used them before. Excellent value.
Sy W on Oct 4, 2019
A very good furniture maker that I have partnered with has used this product for some time. <br />Its time to add a little more character to our finished product with some more support
Joe S on Apr 28, 2019
Previous usage
Douglas T on Apr 16, 2019
Using to fix broken step tread
Deneil M on Apr 4, 2019
upcoming job ,and wanted to try them and this job would be perfect for trying them
Edward M on Mar 25, 2019
To complete a project
Larry F on Feb 28, 2019
Watched an episode of "This Old House" using these dowels to fix stair treads; thought I would try that method.
Jeffrey A on Feb 20, 2019
Work very well. Better than screws, attractive and shortens assembly time. Great product.
Brent W on Jan 10, 2019
use these on regular basis on projects
KENNY S on Nov 16, 2018
simple to use and cuts my project time in half
Loernzo R on Jun 30, 2018
These are better than screws. They look good and hold as good as screws
Randy v on Jun 26, 2018
I use the Miller dowels for joining traditional projects, such as "hope chests". I like to keep "pioneer" projects as authentic as I can.
John N on Jun 4, 2018
Used before
Larry E. W on Mar 23, 2018
I think they are a great way to put wood projects together without screws
Angela B on Feb 26, 2018
Mark M on Feb 25, 2018
Seemed best choice of wood type for door frame
D A on Oct 5, 2017
This is a handy idea, even for fixing errors. Errr, not that I make ANY errors.
Mike M on Nov 18, 2016
Going to be building cabinet for shelves
Donald F on Sep 4, 2016
Do not use very often.
Milton L on Apr 9, 2016
Needed them for the bit I bought.
Brian s on Mar 30, 2016
I use them a lot for joining wood box sides together
DONALD A on Feb 24, 2016
Christmas request by our son in law
Linda W on Dec 10, 2015
i make storm window this works wll
jayson a on Dec 2, 2015
I love Miller dowels. They are much better than a screw because they flex with the wood and are very easy to install.
Mark P on Aug 1, 2015
these are real nice in fixing two boards together, and using a also looks better.
Johnny B on Jul 18, 2015
I have used the Miller dowel system since it first came out many years ago. I make cutting and serving boards and use the dowels to pin joints and add decoration to the boards.
Jon B on May 5, 2015
I have used these many times.they hold well and look great when finished.
Michael L on Dec 9, 2019
Used them before. Excellent value.
Sy W on Oct 4, 2019
Is there a video of the installation?
Steven L on Jul 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hello I watched a YouTube video of Tom Silva from this Old House show installing the Miller 1x dowel rod to repair a stair tread. Awsome video!
Bruce Ridgeway
I have a tread that is 10 1/2 inches depth and the break is 4 1/2 inches inn will the dowels be long enough to repair it this way ? Thank you.
L N on Dec 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I do not think they will be long enough. I love these dowels, but use them to connect two pieces of wood and help glue do its job. They are also decorative on the furniture I use them for. Two inches would be about as far as I would think it would help. You need the dowels to anchor both sides. It would probably be best to replace the tread or use an inlay to hold across the break. I am not there to look and see exactly your situation, but hope this helps.
Are these HARDWOOD?
DigMyPast on Aug 8, 2017
I do not see the "2X" size listed or a price and am not sure the drill bit works with the 2X?
Stephen C on May 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Steve, I have both sizes of the miller dowels. One is a minature with it's own drill and the other is for the larger size and it has it,s own drill. I have used biscuits and the dowels to connect wood, each has its own advantages. if you have any other questions feal free to ask me.
How thick are the dowels? I need 3/16 hole to fill
maria k on Apr 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Maria, the dowels are 1/4 inch wide at the top; 3/16 at the first step down. If that doesn't work, see if you can get a package of 3/16 inch X 1 inch dowel pins at one of the big box stores. Last option is to buy a dowel stick, 3/16 by 36 inches and cut off what you need. Good luck....

Dennis C