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Rockler Corner Key Doweling Jig

Beautify and strengthen mitered joints using hardwood dowels and other materials!


Item #
59517
Rating:
94% of 100

Our Corner Key Doweling Jig lets you join mitered corners by running dowels through the joint at 45°. The exposed oval dowel ends result in a unique decorative effect, and the dowels serve to strengthen the joint, much like splines. You can use solid wood dowels in a contrasting species, non-ferrous metal tubes, a combination of both, or even tie the joint together with leather laces. More advanced decorative effects can be achieved by double-drilling to create dowels with a multi-layered core. The jig makes the angled drilling accurate and easy. No other product on the market offers the same functionality, repeatability and convenience. Extended length bits are required.


Features:

  • Creates beautiful, decorative mitered joints, and also strengthen mitered corners on boxes, drawers and more
  • Once set, the jig can be easily moved and re-clamped to drill the next hole (clamps sold separately)
  • Precisely molded reference lines and clear alignment window for fast, accurate setups
  • Includes 1/8'', 1/4'' and 3/8'' drill guide assemblies.
(1) Rockler Corner Key Doweling Jig
(1) 1/8'' guide
(1) 1/4'' guide
(1) 3/8'' guide
More Information
Brand Rockler
Manufacturer Part Number
Weight 1.4000
Tech Spec
  • Jig Material: Polymer
  • Drill Guide Material: Steel
  • Drill Guide Sizes: 1/8'', 1/4'', 3/8''
  • Recommended Drill Bit Length: 6''
4.7 / 5.0
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Nice Idea
It is easy to use and adds a nice and solid feature.
November 15, 2019
Purchased
3 weeks ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Cool design
Easy to use and reinforce a mitered corner
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November 5, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Easy to use!
I used this jig on the mitered corners of a sofa arm rest table. Very easy to use, and adds a really cool look as well.
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October 15, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
handy tool, easy to use
October 8, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Good product
I like this tool a lot. Did mess up first time using, but it was my fault. Very happy.
October 8, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Gives interest and strength to a beveled corner
Love it for beveled corners on a media cabinet. Used (5) 1/4 inch dowels cut from a dowel stick spaced over an 18 inch length
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September 5, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Waiting to try
Bought it with a project in mind, have not had a chance to try it as I am undergoing treatment for cancer. Hopefully after surgery I will get back in the shop.
August 4, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Other use of corner key doweling jig
I needed away to attach a live edge countertop plus hide the screws. I used this jig as a drilling guide to come into the underside of the countertop then countersunk the screw heads. This worked great.
August 4, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
UNIQUE FUNCTIONALITY and AMPLE APPLICATIONS
The tool has brought unique functionality in my box designs and assembly.
July 24, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Jig
Great jig for my shop
July 14, 2019
Purchased
10 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
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These were tools required for my project.
Robert O on Nov 17, 2019
to help with Christmas.
neal j on Nov 16, 2019
These were tools required for my project.
Robert O on Nov 17, 2019
My husband loves your products.
Lora C on Nov 16, 2019
to help with Christmas.
neal j on Nov 16, 2019
to add style to several small projects
Philip E on Nov 16, 2019
Use on making recessed doors
Gino F on Nov 14, 2019
Gift for my husband
Jodi H on Nov 13, 2019
new decorative way to make box corners
Merle C on Nov 11, 2019
gift
collin l on Nov 9, 2019
I wanted a new option when making gifts
Dean L on Nov 8, 2019
For decorative addition to my projects.
Raymond F. K on Nov 8, 2019
I am interested in using this jig for some projects I have planned.
Rhett D on Nov 6, 2019
Need it to complete the speaker kits I ordered
Tom on Nov 3, 2019
wanted to try it
Marilyn C on Oct 30, 2019
Want to try it, great idea
Radford H on Oct 26, 2019
making Christmas presents
jan d on Oct 24, 2019
To make stronger miter joints w/ a new look
roger on Oct 23, 2019
not used yet.
Carthyl G on Oct 14, 2019
ya never know
William W on Oct 3, 2019
I purchased the Rockler Corner Key Doweling Jig to make my mitered 45* cuts “prettier” per the Mrs.
Richard A on Oct 1, 2019
Looks kind of neat
Michael J Z on Oct 1, 2019
Ease in use. Gets the job done nicely
andre f on Sep 30, 2019
The Price
Jack P on Sep 27, 2019
good invention, worth having
Ronald B on Sep 23, 2019
Because I wanted it...
Cameron K on Sep 21, 2019
I can use it in a project I am doing.
CSM G on Sep 17, 2019
Something new to try, looks interesting
jerry h on Sep 16, 2019
Always looking for different tools to make my projects look better or more interesting
HARRY L JOHNSON J on Sep 16, 2019
New and different look for boxes
Kennyd on Sep 15, 2019
I liked the different look and the contrasting colors.
Greg M on Sep 6, 2019
Looks cool
Bob B on Sep 4, 2019
need to join bevel edges for cabinet
Bernard V on Aug 7, 2019
Time to start making Christmas gifts/neat idea for corner joints
Michael W on Aug 5, 2019
need a way to install a live edge counter top this looked like I could hide the screws
Robert M on Jul 14, 2019
Gonna Try it.
Nathan G on Jun 19, 2019
It will be much easier than doing them by hand.
Jonathan H on Jun 19, 2019
The ad made the project possibilities interesting.
Leslie O on Jun 17, 2019
To enhance my miter boxes with strength and looks.
Kevin on Jun 17, 2019
I would use it
A Y on Jun 15, 2019
different way to dress up corners on trays I make
larry b on Jun 14, 2019
I want to try making serving trays and other smaller projects, have always used doweling the crude way no jigs and would like to try the more modern way of doing things using doweling jigs.
Allen S on Jun 14, 2019
might be fun.
JIM G on Jun 14, 2019
Husband wants
Donna J on Jun 10, 2019
Plywood Drawers without fronts
Andy L on Jun 1, 2019
Decorative element to boxes.
Dale R on May 25, 2019
Simple and will look beautiful
S A on May 24, 2019
It looked like a nice touch to otherwise boring corners
Ray on May 23, 2019
Have spline jig and thought this would be different on some of my boxes. We will see how it works out
D O on May 22, 2019
to decorate boxes
Terry C on May 19, 2019
To add accents to mitered corners.
Mary G on May 13, 2019
For making handcrafted boxes
Duff S on May 12, 2019
My husband loves your products.
Lora C on Nov 16, 2019
to add style to several small projects
Philip E on Nov 16, 2019
Does it also make straight dowel holes?
Ole N on Oct 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This jig is designed to help drill angular dowel holes in box corners.
Does the doweling jig kit comes with a case, I noticed the Doweling Jig w/out drill bits has a case?
Rick H on Nov 21, 2018
Rockler Corner Key Doweling Jig
Rockler Corner Key Doweling Jig
Corner Key Doweling Jig with Set of 3 Drill Bits
Corner Key Doweling Jig with Set of 3 Drill Bits
BEST ANSWER: No case other than the original hard cardboard package. The cardboard is formed to fit the peices within the box, but it is not a plastic case.
When you have more rockler corner key doweling jig the item# 59517 ?
Duc T on Dec 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Sorry, but I don't understand the question. I am very satisfied with the Rockler Corner Key Doweling Jig. I have completed two jewelry boxes and one urn with it.
Several people intended this for reinforcing picture frames. I'd like it for the same reason, but it looks to me like that would be tough to clamp and neatly accomplish the goal. Have any of you jig owners tried this and how did it go for reinforcing mitered picture frame corners?
SPENCE B on Jan 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: As the images show it is possible to clamp both sides of the corner. For a picture frame this would work if the outside edges are flat and both sides clamped. Also make sure your backer being used in the jig is new and solid wood... ply tends to fray out with repeated use.
Could you do a box that is 15 inches deep?
Cliff S on Jun 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It makes no difference how deep or how large the box is however it can make a difference in the thickness of the walls of the box as that would determine the length of drill and dowels you would need. The deeper the box the more dowels you may want to use.
Do you need to use 6” drill bits or can you use regular bits?
Janis M on Feb 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Look at Figure 9 of the instructions that come with this item. It gives a good idea of the length you will be drilling. I would estimate a drill bit at least 5” long for 3/4” thick pieces is required. If the pieces are very thin, like 1/4” or 3/8” you could use a shorter bit - such as 4 1/2”.
I make gift boxes. Seldom are the sides greater than 3/8” thick. Usually a bit less. Will it work?
Lynn D on Feb 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you would use the 1/8" drill (get a longer one than normal) and 1/8" dowels. I have used it with 1/4" mitered sides.
Can the jig handle corners that are not 90 degrees? Like a 45 degree angle on a flag case?
Ken K on Jan 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No. It is designed to accomodate only 90 degree corners. You wd have to make another drill bit guide then the metal one included. That is what I received in the box.
Are all 4 corners glued up and allowed to dry and then drilled for the dowels or are they drilled for the dowels and then glued up?
Rich on Jan 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: All 4 corners are allowed to dry first. Then drill for the dowels. Please let me know how it works for you. Definitely try on scrap wood first. I had trouble getting it to drill straight.
Can you use it to strengthen plywood cabinets?
Cory H on Apr 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I might help but very little. It’s really for decoration on boxes etc. I had a hard time drilling straight thru corners.i sent it back but maybe it was me and not the jig.
What wood thickness can it be used on? 1/2”, 5/8”, 3/4”, 1” or greater?
John L on Dec 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: All of the above. But I ha$ trouble centering the jig. Bsometimes it would not drill where I wanted to go. Sometimes it works ok. Just practice on scrap first
how far can you drill the hole from the edge of the workpiece?
Michael T on Sep 18, 2019
Rockler Corner Key Doweling Jig
Rockler Corner Key Doweling Jig
Corner Key Doweling Jig with Set of 3 Drill Bits
Corner Key Doweling Jig with Set of 3 Drill Bits
BEST ANSWER: The farthest that you can set it for is with the 3/4 inch setting. The drill the centers about 3/4 inch from the tip of the miter and goes through at a 45 degree angle.
Will the corner jig als work on butt joints?
Jack H on Dec 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, it only works on miter joints.
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