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Mini-X Quick Drill Kit

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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, 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!
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Manufacturer Part Number B8C6.5-KIT
Weight 0.2000
5.0 / 5.0
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Decorative and structural support.
Adds a great decorative touch to a project with added structural support. Was perfect for a project with 1/2 lumber. I see me using this more on projects even if it more for decoration than structural. Do not insert the dowls until you are ready to glue them in or you will either crush them or rip the heads off trying to get them back out.
The mini-x with walnut dowles was the perfect addition to this project
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April 11, 2020
2 months ago
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Very helpful jointer experience.
I have both sets of Miller dowls, both regular and mini. I have just them numerous times and my wife just 8 to put together her tool carrier. They hold together well, for boxes, bookcases and everything we have tried them on. You can either match the colors to match the wood being made used or pick a different wood for contrast.
April 9, 2018
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Why did you choose this?
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Proves strong corner reinforcement for boxes and pegged joints.
Jen Que Louie on May 26, 2020
wanted to try
Joseph S on Apr 13, 2020
Proves strong corner reinforcement for boxes and pegged joints.
Jen Que Louie on May 26, 2020
Refurbing an older shelving unit and wanted to tighten up shelves with a more natural look.
Reuben L on Apr 18, 2020
wanted to try
Joseph S on Apr 13, 2020
Dowls worked well on other boxes.
Joe M on Oct 7, 2019
Need a better option than wrought iron nails for 1/2" stock creations
Kevin K on Jun 6, 2018
Spare kit
U2 E on Oct 20, 2017
CASEY S on Mar 5, 2017
It is the one my husband wanted.
Vicki B on Dec 22, 2016
Want to try on new projects
Blaine W on Jul 8, 2016
I'm always on the lookout for a quick joinery method for some applications, as long as they look good, I figured these are worth a try.
Clyde M on Oct 30, 2015
To repair furniture
Alan H on Sep 13, 2015
Martin B on May 15, 2015
to fix a broken stair
Karen P on Apr 21, 2015
Refurbing an older shelving unit and wanted to tighten up shelves with a more natural look.
Reuben L on Apr 18, 2020
Dowls worked well on other boxes.
Joe M on Oct 7, 2019
How long are the mini dowels?
stan J on Jan 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello, Stan. The mini dowels are 1 5/8 inches in length.
The major diameter is 1/4 inch. I use them a lot.

Hope this helps.

C.C. Brown
How long are the 1X dowels?
Jose F on Jul 17, 2019