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1x Miller Walnut Dowels, 40 Pack

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90% of 100

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 W12D11-40
Weight 0.1500
4.5 / 5.0
10 Reviews
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1x dowels
This is a time saving product, that gives my projects extra visual interest. They are especially useful for repairing and reinforcing damaged restorations.
November 11, 2019
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Tool chest build
These add interest and beauty to a project, are easy to use with the appropriate drill bit, and add strength to a simple butt joint.
April 13, 2019
1 year ago
Excellent Darker-hued Dowel
Great dark color to go with light or natural finished projects
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March 19, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Miller dowels
they hold two pieces of wood together and keep lines up as well as being very decorative. love them. hardly use any screws or mechanical fasteners any more. I wish rollers carried the bigger oned
June 16, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
very good product
I use Miller dowels whenever I attach face frames for cabinets I like the decorative touch they add to the cabinet. At times I will use different wood dowels for a contrasting touch. they are also hold very well I have never had one fail. I would highly recommend them.
July 31, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Nice touch
These are a nice touch to the clocks we make. We use them on custom tongue and groove borders. The walnut provides great contrast and finish beautifully.
April 14, 2017
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
I use these instead of screws or standard dowels. They hold tight and secure.
December 26, 2016
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Handsome system of joinery.
If you have the extra time to use this system of joinery, which needs extra time for the glue to set, I recommend these dowels. I have used the larger size on shelving where I didn't want any hardware to show. And, more recently, used the smaller dowels on this hutch for my niece going off to college. I especially like to leave them showing. I find using contrasting colors to be appealing.
Oak dowels used on poplar.
Oak dowels used on poplar.
August 23, 2016
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great for use in fine walnut! !
Helped put a 75 year old shotgun stock with a split, back together almost un noticeable.
May 13, 2016
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Did not receive this order. Rockler refunded my purchase price minus the shipping and handling. Never got an explanation why. Not very impressed.
April 17, 2019
1 year ago
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Nice product.
Jeff D on Jun 30, 2020
Used before, like design and final look
John L on Jan 14, 2020
Nice product.
Jeff D on Jun 30, 2020
Keeping those dominoes happy and secure
Peter H on Jun 24, 2020
Used before, like design and final look
John L on Jan 14, 2020
Appearance and ease of use.
Donald R. B on Oct 20, 2019
This Old House recommends them and I like what I've read about them. Looking forward to receiving them a nd putting them to work!
Susan B on May 31, 2019
A very good furniture maker that I have partnered with has used this product for some time. Its time to add a little more character to our finished product with some more support.
Joe S on Apr 28, 2019
ran out and need them for a new project
Wayne H on Mar 10, 2019
To complete a project
Larry F on Feb 28, 2019
wood working with is black walnut
dr. paul t on Feb 28, 2019
they work great and i like the color
E V on Feb 11, 2019
needed walnut ones
Ruth H on Jan 15, 2019
These dowels work great and have used them successfully for years
Donald R on Jan 13, 2019
I love these - and I'm out of the walnut ones
Patricia A on Dec 26, 2018
They work, I ran out!
Norbert K on Dec 12, 2018
I ran out, and needed more.
Jason R on Nov 21, 2018
Exceptional product
Linn W on Jun 23, 2018
I've used them before, and loved them.
Dave R on Jun 3, 2018
I love the way they look on furniture and functionally this is an outstanding system
Patricia A on Mar 21, 2018
fix step
David M on Feb 10, 2018
I have used Miller Dowels for several years and needed to restock my supply.
Gary B on Feb 9, 2018
TREVOR O on Feb 3, 2018
I have used Miller dowels in the past and like them very much This project is being made out of light wood. I want the Walnut dowels for the contrast effect
Bob on Jul 8, 2017
We use these for mounting frames around custom clocks. Very nice appearance. Be careful of tear out with the bit though.
Stephen K on Nov 22, 2016
Dowels for Walnut sides for computer desk TOP fabrication for sit/stand electric computer base
MARK C on Apr 14, 2016
to try it and check strength
Gary M on Apr 1, 2016
try it out
Bill W on Oct 23, 2015
I have had good results with the pine and oak models. Now I am doing a project using walnut.
Jack K on Jun 27, 2015
Keeping those dominoes happy and secure
Peter H on Jun 24, 2020
Appearance and ease of use.
Donald R. B on Oct 20, 2019
Are the 1x, 2x and Mini-x all the same length?
Theresa L on Jan 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, they are all different lengths. I believe their website states that the mini-x is for connecting 1/2" thick material, 1x is for 3/4" thick material, and 2x is for 1" thick material. I am not at my woodshop, otherwise I would measure them for you. You could call Miller Dowel company and ask.

Mark Palmquist
I have several 1/8" holes in my great grandfathers black walnut washstand that I want to plug. What size should I use?
James L on Dec 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Unless these holes are in the end grain I would use an eighth inch plug cutter in a 3/4 or deeper board. If their end grain then 1/8 in dowels would work but I'm not aware of Miller dowels with eighth inch heads so I would use regular walnut dowels.
I need to join a 1 inch wood piece to another 1 inch wood piece = 2 total inches depth. What length miller dowel is appropriate?
brent w on Jan 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would use the 1x. just make sure you have a bottom board to stop the tear out there. When I am working with soft white pine, I tear out the top on the last step. The bottom can be controlled with a piece of scrap wood clamped on.