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Dowelmax Classic Doweling Jig

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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).

  • Ships directly from the manufacturer.
  • Must be shipped within 48 Contiguous United States.
  • Estimated Delivery time: 10 business days.
(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)
Tech Docs No
Type No
5.0 / 5.0
31 Reviews
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Awesome jig
Fantastic jig. I put it to use immediately after I received it to put together a 72" table top using 3 2"x6" boards attached side to side to complete a sofa table. Not only was it simple and fast, the top was evenly, smoothly and accurately assembled w/o a hiccup! The clean look and strength of the seamless dowel joints versus using pocket hole joinery was obvious too. The product is well engineered, machined and durable. The saying, you get what you pay for rings true here!
August 25, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
dowel max
fantastic, love it, it is engineered great.
July 14, 2018
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Worth every penny!
I could not be happier with this tool. It is a quality built dowel jig. It is well thought out and very versatile. I continue to find new uses for it.
June 24, 2018
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Worth every penny!
I love love love this jig! So much thought went into this that it us unbelievable! Every piece is made with precision. Well worth the money!
June 13, 2018
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
As good as advertised!
Works as advertised. Just make sure it is clamped securely to the workpiece. I tried first on a scrap piece which was not clamped tightly enough. Didn’t make the same mistake.
March 12, 2018
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great Tool
Very well made and it works as advertised. It's easy to use and the dowel holes are very precise. my project fits together very well.
February 14, 2018
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great jig!
This is an awesome tool and makes some of the sturdiest joints I have worked with. Extremely happy with the quality of the product and results from using it.
January 17, 2018
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Spend the money, save time and effort
This jig will make any person a good wood worker. You can easily make perfect joints. You will want to find uses for it once you have it.
It comes well packed in bubble rap but that is no way to treat such a high quality tool. Once you figure it out (ten minutes) build a box to keep it in for practice. For the the box in the attached photos I used the angle bracket accessory.
Dowelmax Storage box, inside
Dowelmax Storage Box, outside
December 5, 2017
Woodworking Experience:
One word: ....PRECISION!
October 17, 2017
11 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
I have used this doweling jig for a couple projects and I am IN LOVE with it. I don't do enough projects to justify buying a Domino, but I want the accuracy that it provides. Using the DowelMax gets that accuracy and is a fraction of the price! When you follow the check mark system it is almost impossible to screw it up. I and excited to all the future projects that I get to out together with it.
September 22, 2017
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
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
it is what i need and cheper then a Festool 500
Sean D on Jun 6, 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
christopher k 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
Julie C 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
best in class
christopher k on Jun 23, 2018
The quality
Phil on May 23, 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: Not sure what the limit is. I have used it on stock up to 1-1/2 inches with no problem.. It is a good tool, but a little pricey.
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: Dowelmax is a Canadian company and I'm sure they are manufactured in Canada. The unit is of high quality and I've built a number projects using it.
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"
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.
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
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