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Dowelmax Classic Doweling Jig

Create perfect joints quickly.
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Dowelmax Classic is a highly versatile and adjustable dowel joinery system that enables the creation of perfect joints that can be completed in as little as 5 minutes, and that are independently destructive test proven to be stronger than comparable mortise and tenon joints. The system creates quick, easy accurate and strong joints using 3/8" dowels in virtually any configuration that can be flush, offset, mitered, face type, t-type, double or triple row, and of any length or thickness. The standard clamping capacity for work piece thickness is 4 inches which can be expanded to any width by detaching the clamp bracket and using an external clamp. No measuring is required; simply place check marks on the work pieces to be joined, then align the end of Dowelmax with the end of the first work piece so that the check marks on the Dowelmax correspond with the check marks on the work piece. Then drill, and repeat the process for the second work piece. Perfect alignment of all joints is guaranteed because the precise spacing and alignment of the five precision machined drill guides is maintained exactly the same for both work pieces. The design of Dowelmax, coupled with rigorously maintained manufacturing tolerances, ensure that the system is accurate and repeatable from work piece to work piece, and through any adjustment.

For even greater functionality, add the optional 1/4" drill guide package for use with 1/2" and 5/8" stock. With 1" thick work pieces, use a 1/8" spacer plate (also included with the 1/4" drill guide package).

(1) Dowelmax precision machined main device with 5 hardened steel 3/8" drill guides
(1) Dowelmax precision machined 1/16", 3/8", 3/4" and 1-5/8" spacers
(1) Dowelmax precision machined distance gauge
(1) Dowelmax precision machined index pin
(1) Dowelmax 3/8" drill bit and collar
(1) Dowelmax DVD and instruction manual
(1) Sample of 3/8" dowels
More Information
Brand Dowelmax
Manufacturer Part Number DMX-Classic
Weight 4.0000
Tech Spec
  • Components are made of top quality aluminum, brass, and hardened steel
  • Precision-machined to a tolerance of 0.002"
  • 3.2 lbs (1.45 kg)
Discountable No
4.9 / 5.0
44 Reviews
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Great product
Works perfectly. Simple to use and make joints perfect
January 30, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Dowelmax is the very finest dowel jig.
I rarely write reviews, but I am this time. I just ordered my second Dowelmax, just to have both 1/4" and 3/8" bushings all set, to save time. The Dowelmax is a magnificent tool. Settings are perfect, and the tool is easy to use. It is durable; I have had the first one for many years, and have used it for many projects. Joints are rock solid and true. My thanks to the company for making this great tool.
January 29, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
When it comes to dowels it’s all about accuracy and consistency. This unit is expensive but well worth it.
July 13, 2019
8 months ago
Exceptional quality
It is very nice to see a product that is high quality and .easy to use. Other dowel jigs work, but I was amazed as to how
Quickly I could drill up to 5 dowels in a joint.
Well thought out and designed.
July 9, 2019
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Senior woodworker inpro.
Great product, built with quality materials and workmanship is of the highest standard. .Product delivers results above my expectations.
July 5, 2019
8 months ago
Dowelmax Classic
This truly is a precision piece of equipment. It allows very accurate and extremely strong joints in almost any configuration imaginable. I have tried various cheaper doweling jigs and none holds a candle to this.

Definitely recommended for the serious furniture builder.
June 19, 2019
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Used it to make a bread board. 25 pins. Everyone was perfect. I have another customer on the way I believe.
May 23, 2019
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Excellent dowel jig and customer support
The Dowelmax jig is beautifully machined and a pleasure to use. This jig is so nice that I have been using dowels in places where before I would have just applied glue and screws. It is accurate and quick and produces a result I prefer.

In addition, the customer support is superlative. I left a message about a defective part and got a prompt return call from a knowledgeable and helpful person. My issue was resolved immediately. These things happen and they are a true test of the integrity of a company.

I highly recommend this product.
May 23, 2019
10 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
the tool is perfect. i'm building a bookcase with hidden construction -- over 120 dowels. All align perfectly. couldn't work without it
April 28, 2019
10 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Awesome product!
Heavy duty precision dowel jig!!! Worth every penny!
April 22, 2019
10 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Carlos S on Jan 2, 2020
Son's need for this to fix his boat transom.
Timothy O on Oct 2, 2019
you tube video
Carlos S on Jan 2, 2020
I need the precision and flexibility of something this carefully machined.
Scott D on Oct 8, 2019
Son's need for this to fix his boat transom.
Timothy O on Oct 2, 2019
My son needs it to repair his boat
Timothy O on Sep 26, 2019
Highest rated doweling jig on the market
Keith Z on Jul 26, 2019
Is it just the best Tools
D A on Jul 25, 2019
It has great reviews,and has a money back guarantee.
rocco c on Jul 13, 2019
Need a more accurate way to use dowels
Phillip K on Jul 8, 2019
I watched the video and looked at the rating comments and I was convinced that this was a great tool, very accurate.
Les C on May 28, 2019
To make furniture grade frames for artwork, and stretcher frames for linen canvas. Customer support was very helpful in making this decision.
Aaron P on May 17, 2019
Did a lot of research and this jig allows you to drill into the face of the board instead of just the end. I will be using it to make cabinets for a new home.
Aimee N on May 1, 2019
Because of good reviews in Fine Woodworking Magazine.
Susan G on Mar 14, 2019
good reviews. premium price, but does the job very well. hope I don't lose it.
RAY P on Feb 8, 2019
Needed a good solution for farm tables, and other furniture
Don R on Jan 2, 2019
I’m building a table
Chester K on Nov 26, 2018
Best doweling jig on the market, I have a couple friends that use it almost exclusively for all of their joinery and decided it was time to stop borrowing theirs and have one of my own.
Ryan V on Jul 14, 2018
best in class
ck on Jun 23, 2018
it is what i need and cheper then a Festool 500
Sean D on Jun 6, 2018
The quality
Phil on May 23, 2018
Great reviews, and it makes sense
jcoxaccounting j on Apr 26, 2018
I've seen this jig in action at my son's shop. A bit pricey, yes, but I haven't seen another that comes close to the precision of this one.
Tom M on Apr 16, 2018
I feel this will do what the Festool Domino would do for me although not as fast.
Andrew W on Mar 18, 2018
Versatility of types of joinery supported and positive reviews.
Michael M on Feb 28, 2018
Based on reviews this seems like an item that will be used often.
Raymond T on Feb 26, 2018
I chose this option for it's flexibility and precision. I hope to use it for several different applications of dowel joinery, picture frames, end tables, panels, etc.
Rhonda F on Jan 24, 2018
easy to use on multiple jobs
Randy C on Jan 5, 2018
The reviews show it as being the best one out there and very easy to use.
Robert A B on Dec 26, 2017
I feel confident that I will get a strong joint with the DowelMax at a fraction of the price of a Festool Domino. It's a great tool for the part time woodworker.
Andrew L on Apr 13, 2017
gets great reviews
Bruce G on Feb 27, 2017
I love this tool. It makes joinery super easy and strong.
david c on Dec 30, 2016
I think it well make my job easy??
Ernest M on Aug 14, 2016
Started using dowels for roll over top glue ups. They go together quite nicely with this dowel max jig and I don't have to beat the boards in order to get them to lay right in the old way of doing glue ups. Great tool !
Ed on Aug 7, 2016
I can't afford the Festool Domino. This has great reviews so I will give it a try.
Ryan L on Jun 7, 2016
Best doweling jig on the market
Richard B on May 23, 2016
Great looking results and want to build drawer fronts with solid oak board.
Thomas B on Feb 19, 2016
ease of making joints
jim z on Dec 4, 2015
A my wood club friend loves Dowelmax that he has owned for years.
Robert L on Oct 19, 2015
Because I needed it
Kevin on Sep 6, 2015
I have used DowelMax on a few project so far. I am completely satisfied. When used carefully, the jig is very precise and creates strong joints. It takes the guess work out of doweling, making it my preferred joining method. Well worth the money.
Mark e on Aug 3, 2015
I needed a good doweling system that will make my joinery projects easier and more accurate.
Tim C on Jun 3, 2015
After seeing a live demonstration of this dowel jig in action I had to buy it. What else can you use to make a simple joint in a matter of 2-3 minutes. The precision is absolutely perfect compared to other doweling jigs. I hope to use this in the future on many projects.
Corey T on May 13, 2015
I need the precision and flexibility of something this carefully machined.
Scott D on Oct 8, 2019
My son needs it to repair his boat
Timothy O on Sep 26, 2019
What is the minimum stock it can work with (is 1/2" still practical)? Also what is the distance between 2 adjacent holes? (assuming the use of 3/8" bushings)?
mikeber on May 3, 2018
I have tried every dowel Jig out there nothing works the way I want it to. If I am not happy what is your return policy on this product ?
Mark R on Jun 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We are proud of the quality of our products, and stand behind them 100%. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the merchandise you ordered, just return it within 90 days to receive a refund in the manner of original payment. Your order will come with a return form with convenient instructions.
What is the max thickness of stock that it can handle?
Hardnox on Nov 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I want to say that 3-1/2" is the widest that it can go.
I am just a new woodworker and trying to do away with nailing so I discovered this. I mainly use 1"x wood actually 3/4" or less after planning. Will this work with what I need it for?
Denverdave66 on Aug 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Dowel joinery is a variation of the loose tenon joint using round rather than rectangular inserts. I have found this jig to be very accurate and useful in a number of situations. Many jigs are "self-centering." This feature may seem useful but actually can cause a problem. If the material being joined is not exactly the same thickness, the self-centering jig will misalign the faces of the joined boards. A jig like Dowelmax references to one face and thus keeps the show faces of boards aligned. The reference fee also makes it easy to offset one face from another (such as when creating a reveal on a table leg to apron joint) by inserting a spacer in the jig. The Dowelmax has spacers but you dan also make up your own with metal, plastic or wood. The Dowelmax is a bit expensive but I have been very happy with mine and recommend it to anyone doing dowel joinery on a regular basis.
Do I need a drill press to use this jig?
DAVID S on Oct 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: NO - units drill guides work fine, just use a light touch and do not bind - use "proper" drill and keep sharpened - once you figure out how to use it, it works great (I keep notes on all sizes of wood as spacers need fine tuning) - I use it with my table tops - pretty accurate if you position correctly - product is well machined and built
where is this tool manufactured?
Ronald F on Mar 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Canada, British Columbia.
One of the very best tools I have ever purchased.
Can it be setup to drill on center for 13/16 stock?
David P on Mar 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Answer is in the product description. It works from 4" wide stock down to anything greater than drill bit dowel hole size as the dowel hole must be smaller than the stock width! On-center, to offset to alingned w/ one stock edge is easily set up with this jig. Aligned w one stock edge is best bet for most plywood and MDF shelving and casework as center alignment can result in tedious sanding for joining pieces w slightly different thickness, stock thickness variation between plywood sheet goods can be noticeable when joining them on center!

The system creates quick, easy accurate and strong joints using 3/8" dowels in virtually any configuration that can be flush, offset, mitered, face type, t-type, double or triple row, and of any length or thickness. The standard clamping capacity for work piece thickness is 4 inches"