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1x Miller Oak 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 holding strength 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 O12D11-40
Weight 0.1500
5.0 / 5.0
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Work Great!
Works Great
June 1, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Stair tread repair
Used to repair stair treads, great product
April 9, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
These are great. I have cut these to use just the lower section like the mini and later used the tops.
February 18, 2019
1 year ago
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Nice product.
Jeff D on Jun 30, 2020
Easy to use and parts will not separate. Best dowel system.
Arthur F on Mar 15, 2020
Nice product.
Jeff D on Jun 30, 2020
Dennis H on Apr 19, 2020
Easy to use and parts will not separate. Best dowel system.
Arthur F on Mar 15, 2020
workswell and look great when finished
Michael L on Dec 9, 2019
Step repair recommended by This Old House.
Kathleen B on Apr 22, 2019
Stair repair as seen on this old house
Ellen F on Mar 10, 2019
used before love them
Jacques S on Jan 29, 2019
I don't have a lathe, and want to try more intricate design on furniture I make
Robert H on Dec 13, 2018
I saw a This Old House video where they used this to fix a broken stair tread. Looks like it will be perfect. I don't need 40 of them! But I guess I'll be prepared for other broken stair treads in the future.
Jim O on Oct 23, 2018
this old house episode had it as a fix for my stairs
Michael A. K on Jun 10, 2018
Like the idea of using a dowel better than covering a screw either a plug
robert f on Apr 8, 2018
Love these
Michael L on Mar 23, 2018
I bought some at a woodworking show and I like how they work.
Margaret T on Mar 6, 2018
use these all of the time -just re-ordering
Richard F on Feb 5, 2018
Working with oak want matching wood.
Van D on Feb 2, 2017
Great dowel connection for joining boards together
Gary K on Oct 10, 2016
Best dowling system around
Don W on Feb 9, 2016
Have used before just wish they were in stock at a local store
Thaddeus B on Jan 31, 2016
These dowels are a fabulous joinery method. They provide a solid connection while looking great on the finished product. Aside from being very easy to use from start to finish, I've never seen one of these joint fail without requiring at least a train wreck's worth of force.
Tobeye on Dec 25, 2015
Seems like the best way to fix a crack in a stair step that is close to the edge.
Calvin H on Oct 24, 2015
They look better than buttons or plugs and serve as fastner as well in my furniture
Alan A on Aug 9, 2015
these are real nice in fixing two boards together,and not using a also look's a lot better.i've used oak,walnut,cherry,and birch before.
Johnny B on Jul 18, 2015
Used to repair a broken stair tread.
Robert R on Jul 1, 2015
Needed to restock my supplies, and this is the best product for the job .
KAREN on May 5, 2015
Because you do not carry them in your stores but I still like you guys and chose to buy from you.
Colby P on Apr 9, 2015
Dennis H on Apr 19, 2020
workswell and look great when finished
Michael L on Dec 9, 2019
what is the length of the oak dowels?
Dan C on Apr 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They are 2 3/4 inches long
what is the longest Miller dowel available and also diameter options at the widest top of the dowel? thank you
Bob L on Dec 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I don’t know, perhaps you should call them.