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Dowel Centers Set

These dowel centers can be used for marking the center of a round stock or tenon centering.
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Dowel centers allow you to precisely transfer the location of one set of dowel holes to the corresponding locations in the other half of a doweled joint. Just drill one set of holes, slip in the dowel centers and press the joint together. The pins on the dowel centers will precisely mark the hole locations on the other member. A complete set, includes two transfer pins of each size; 1/4", 5/16", 3/8" and 1/2" (eight pieces total). Made from plated steel.

(2) 1/4" O.D. x 3/16" I.D. Dowel Centers
(2) 5/16" O.D. x 1/4" I.D. Dowel Centers
(2) 3/8" O.D. x 5/16" I.D. Dowel Centers
(2) 1/2" O.D. x 3/8" I.D. Dowel Centers
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Manufacturer Part Number TC-8
Weight 0.0500
Tech Spec
  • Material: Steel with Zinc
  • Internal and extrenal marking points
4.6 / 5.0
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Dowel Centers
Work great take the guess work out for a precision drill point.
November 26, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Just what I needed.
November 12, 2019
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very simple idea but work very well.
October 6, 2019
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
I use dowels often. I have always had a set of centers in my shop. Can’t find them so that’s why I ordered new ones.
September 14, 2019
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Simple and worth the money
These work great and take the guess work out.
July 16, 2019
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
nice accessory
hard to beat the accuracy
June 12, 2019
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Dowel Centers Helpful
Nice set for my needs (toys and other small to medium projects).
March 25, 2019
10 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
dowel make possible an excellent match when glueing panels
February 11, 2019
12 months ago
Essential tool for dowel projecets
Sleigh bed headboard and footboard top rails are held in place with dowels. After drilling dowel holes in top rail I used the dowel points to transfer the location of the holders to the legs. Can’t imagine how to do this without this tool.
Top rail held in place with dowels
Dowel points to transfer location top rail to leg.
January 24, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
These have helped me improve my dowel hole placement immensly.
May 7, 2018
over 2 years ago
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
I require the ordered item in order to continue with a personal wood project.<br />Rockler stocked the item; very difficult to locate elsewhere. Thank you!
Gary H on Jan 19, 2020
because it was recommended with the doweling jig
Kellen W on Dec 27, 2019
I require the ordered item in order to continue with a personal wood project.<br />Rockler stocked the item; very difficult to locate elsewhere. Thank you!
Gary H on Jan 19, 2020
needed more than two
Bob L on Jan 2, 2020
because it was recommended with the doweling jig
Kellen W on Dec 27, 2019
Increase the amount of dowel centers I have
John W on Dec 24, 2019
Never used them before. Going by good reviews to try them.
N A on Dec 2, 2019
I already have one set, and could use another set at times.
Scott R on Nov 14, 2019
For adding magnet closures to folding or sliding things
Lynne M on Jul 31, 2019
I have a project I want to use dowels on, and this seemed like a pretty easy way to guarantee accuracy.
Nathan E on Jul 3, 2019
didn't have any
Alton S on Jul 1, 2019
helps in dowel guiding
Douglas Z on Jun 23, 2019
Need to align holes in wood jig.
Charles M on Jun 5, 2019
to center dowel in table leg
yvonne B on May 9, 2019
for special project
David P on Mar 30, 2019
Have old Stanley dowel jig not dowel centers
Jim C on Mar 8, 2019
saw in diy video
Connie H on Mar 2, 2019
Need to transfer dowel locations for a current project. The package with four different sizes makes it more versitile for long term use.
James P on Feb 11, 2019
needed for dowel assembly
William C on Jan 31, 2019
Only tool for the job.
Justin K on Jan 11, 2019
I learned how useful these were when working on a class project.
Jeannette S on Jan 4, 2019
Can come in handy for model airplane construction.
John L on Jan 2, 2019
I need some dowel centers for a project and I'm not sure yet what size so got some of all sizes. Great value.
Larry N on Dec 27, 2018
very helpful when using dowel joinery
John D on Dec 21, 2018
jodiebritton L on Dec 18, 2018
They'll come in handy.
Craig T on Dec 17, 2018
Husband's wish list
Emily E on Dec 13, 2018
I need an accurate way to position some alignment pegs
Stephen S on Nov 16, 2018
I needed them for a project and could not find them anywhere else.
John B on Nov 3, 2018
to repair a chair
Bill M on Oct 8, 2018
It is important that it is made in the USA. Well built will last for years.
Thomas Batz Batz D on Sep 16, 2018
Had a single set. I decided that having four centers of the size dowels I was planning on using made set-up easier; so I bought some more sets.
Absolute B on Jul 27, 2018
Jeffrey C on Jul 8, 2018
need for project
John C. S on Jul 7, 2018
Replacement for a lost set. Useful for many projects.
a l on May 3, 2018
needed item
James W on Apr 16, 2018
Need better accuracy than my "homemade" version.
Merlyn I on Apr 8, 2018
To help align base and cover for a project
Terry Van A on Mar 15, 2018
Needed a quick way to center things.
Dallas C on Feb 25, 2018
I am working on a project where I need them
Bruce R on Jan 11, 2018
I needed this item for a project.
William K on Dec 29, 2017
can't find the others I bought, good to have in the shop.
jpc on Dec 29, 2017
Starting to get back into doweling
John D on Dec 16, 2017
Ann B on Nov 9, 2017
what I have been looking for Don't know why I did not come here first.
William A on Nov 4, 2017
to have an extra set on hand
Teddy A on Oct 22, 2017
Great for corner joins.
Randy J on Sep 26, 2017
I wanted Centers that would be well made. I trust the quality at Rockler
Tom G on Aug 30, 2017
i have a dowell center tool withdifferent size holes and can use this assortment, i have the 1/2'' centers but not the smaller sizes so thats why i chose this package
Stephen on Jul 12, 2017
Need them to help line up my dowels so I get it right!
Jennifer F on Jun 28, 2017
I have been doing a lot of dowel work lately and have found that sometimes it is difficult to center the dowel that I am working with and I thought that this would help alleviate some of the guess work.
John S on Jun 26, 2017
Needed to complete a project.
LYN C on Jun 21, 2017
needed more than two
Bob L on Jan 2, 2020
Increase the amount of dowel centers I have
John W on Dec 24, 2019
Do these have a hollow shaft that fits over existing dowels to locate new holes?
Brad on Jul 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No. You drill the holes the size of the inserts and insert the appropriately sized insert. Then you lay the board with the inserts on a flat surface. Slide the matching piece near the inserts. Use a straight edge to properly align the sides of the two pieces. Then push the two matching pieces together. The dowel inserts make an indentation in the matching piece. You can then drill a hole using the dent as the center of the drill bit. Works great aligning two boards for matching doweled surfaces.
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