Dowel centers allow you to precisely transfer the location of one set of dowel holes to the corresponding holes 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. Available in four different sizes (each includes eight transfer pins of whichever size you choose): 1/4", 5/16", 3/8" and 1/2".
These are a real time saver! Instead of trying to perfectly align two separately drilled holes for the dowel, just drill the first hole, insert the dowel center, align the two boards where you want them, and the mark from the center shows you EXACTLY where to drill the mating hole...... Perfect alignment when the two pieces are joined!
I've dowelling jigs that cost a pretty-penny and still languish in my drawer. These little guys solve many problems. Not only do they accurately line-up mating holes for dowels but I primarily use them to expertly and quickly line up replacement wood drawer fronts for kitchen cabinets.
I was fully satisfied with these centers. I expected only 4 (I only saw in the past 4 per package) so this was a pleasant surprise. They worked well for the sole project I needed to complete recently. I am sure they will come in handy in the future. My only issue: where do I keep such a small specialty item without misplacing it, in a shop full of larger drawers and mismatches boxes? Any idea anyone?
work as expected. used to replace the extension leaf on a table. would like to find same thing with hollow inserts to mark from the pins on the other side. made it work by using a spacer over the dowel (pin)
I had purchased a bookcase kit from[discount store]and when attempting to install the top section found that the predrilled holes were not in the right location. I tried measuring with a trisquare but it did not work, was off a little. Found these dowel centers in Rockler catalog and purchased them. Used the 5/16" centers and drilled the new holes and walla, perfect fit. Strongly suggest these for any application requiring dowels.
Very convenient and useful. Used these for the first time just the other day and they fit the holes snugly and leave a noticeable impression when the part to be aligned is struck with a hammer. Definitely helps to align parts and ensure holes are accurately drilled. Glad that I purchased a set of these and will probably get a second set.
If the dowels your making is 1/2" these will fit inside the hole made from a 1/2" drill bit. Just like a dowel will. I haven't measured it exactly but it works perfectly with my 3/8" dowel set that brings drill bit and dowels, these centers make it very easy to line up the dowels perfectly. If you get the center's size that match the dowels are size then yeah they will fit. These centers are a real life saver. I highly recommend them. Hope this helps.
Maybe I miss stated my question. I have 1/2" dowels I'm trying to center.one end is imbedded in a cap now I want to mark other ends. I bought a center kit at hardware store but the 1/2" center fits on 7/16" dowel. I need center to fit 1/2" dowel, make sense??? Thanks
Let's start over. You want to join two pieces of wood, # A and # B. Drill 1/2" holes in your piece # A. Put the 1/2" 'dowel centers' into those holes. Place your piece # B into the required position. Now tap # B with a hammer or mallet, forcing # B against # A. The 'dowel centers will puncture the surface of # B at the exact point you will need to drill. Drill your 1/2" holes in # B, put a bit of glue in each hole and the dowels. Press # A against # B and clamp. If clamping to a workbench top, don't forget to place a layer of wax paper under the joint .. so your project doesn't glue itself to the table top.