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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. 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.*

  • 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.)
  • Tap the dowel until fully inserted.
  • 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 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 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!
    (50) Birch Dowel Pins item #62872
    (1) Stepped Drill Bit 3/8'' Shank and 3/16'' at the tip to 3/8'' at the top taper.
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    Manufacturer Part Number B12D11-KIT
    Weight 0.3500
    4.7 / 5.0
    7 Reviews
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    Used these to repair cracked steps worked great
    February 14, 2020
    2 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    miller 1x quick drill kit
    I've used these before & they're great. I use the dowels & glue, no nails or screws. I've recommended them to everyone in our community woodshop.
    wife's step stool
    wife's step stool
    March 4, 2019
    1 year ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Works for fixing cracked stair treads.
    Used these dowels to pin several cracked stair treads back together. They are extremely easy to use and seem to provide a strong repair. Only issue is that one crack in one of the treads was father back than the tapered dowel's reach. Drilled the hole deep enough,then used the Miller dowels; finally, tapped a standard dowel in as a filler.
    January 1, 2019
    1 year ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Great dowels
    I have used these several times and for various projects. They have always been easy to use and look great.
    May 5, 2016
    over 3 years ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Miller dowel review
    Excellent, precise, minimal glue, good strength, easy set
    January 11, 2016
    over 4 years ago
    Amazing Strength
    I purchased the Miller kit to repair some teak chairs I bought a couple years ago that we're starting to wobble. They are a mortise and tenon construction and the glue just gave out. Teak being a softer wood the tenons got a bit compressed resulting in a sloppy fit. I tried at first to fix the chair with pocket hole screws but the soft teak didn't hold a screw very well. I ordered the kit with fears it wouldn't do much but the chairs are more rigid than ever. It did such a great job I am going to use it on the chairs that aren't wobbly as a preventative measure. I would recommend this kit to anyone making or repairing furniture.
    July 7, 2014
    Has tendency to tear out on red oak
    Used this system successfully on cherry, however on oak the drill bit REGULARLY tore the surface of oak when the top of the bit entered the oak. Tried the drill/driver on the slow driver speed and had the same results.
    September 11, 2014
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    Fixing two broken stair treads
    Daniel R on Sep 18, 2019
    I wanted to see what all the hubbub was all about.
    michael r on Mar 29, 2019
    Fixing two broken stair treads
    Daniel R on Sep 18, 2019
    I am going to try and fix a cracked step.
    Sherri H on May 31, 2019
    I wanted to see what all the hubbub was all about.
    michael r on Mar 29, 2019
    upcoming job.
    Edward M on Mar 25, 2019
    Used in This Old House episode
    Fred Gabriel A on Feb 19, 2019
    Looks promising, I don’t use metal in my furniture fabrications
    Rich C on May 26, 2018
    like the concept want to try.
    Allen S on Jan 21, 2018
    Making an ottoman with log legs. These pegs are perfect for attaching the seat frame to the legs. It will look great!
    Richard F on Oct 24, 2017
    I need to fix my stairs
    Gabriela T on Dec 9, 2016
    These are awesome, and I have used many times before on projects.
    Dale C on Apr 13, 2016
    to try it and verify strength of joints
    Gary M on Apr 1, 2016
    try it out
    Bill W on Oct 23, 2015
    To repair larger furniture
    Alan H on Sep 13, 2015
    I have a special project and think it will make a strong joint while giving a distinct look
    David G on Jul 31, 2015
    I have used this system to repair chairs and it works well.
    RON S on Jul 13, 2015
    I am going to try and fix a cracked step.
    Sherri H on May 31, 2019
    upcoming job.
    Edward M on Mar 25, 2019
    How long are each of the Miller dowels: mini, 1x, 2x? The product descriptions never actually give the lengths, although they are used to join 1/2", 1", and 1 5/8" wood pieces.
    Christine O on Apr 12, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: The overall dowel length is 2-3/4". You decide if you need the full length or only a partial for the joining task. I used the full length to repair two stair treads that had cracked about 1-1/2 inches from the edge. So far after 18 months, no separation.
    What is the benefits of this dowel compare with normal straight one?
    A shopper on Aug 12, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: The stepped dowels allow for a stronger glue up. Think of it as an all wood kreg system. If you want to keep metal out of your build these are great. I use them when I'm building all wood cabinets.
    what size is the largest Miller dowel bit? I think it is 1X but not sure. I know there are at least three sizes and need the largest size but I don't know what the designation is for it.
    James E M on Apr 18, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: The largest size Miller dowel is called the 2x, each dowel is 3 1/2 inches long. For joining up to 1 5/8 thick. The largest diameter of the stepped dowel is 1/2. The 2x kit contains the stepped drill bit and 50 birch dowels.
    sku# B15D14