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Rockler Corner Key Doweling Jig

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


Item #
59517
Rating:
92% 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''
4.6 / 5.0
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The product worked well on drilling 1/4 inch holes for dowels in the speaker boxes I built. Jig was easy to clamp holes were clean for dowel insertion.
December 10, 2019
Purchased
3 weeks ago
Rockler Corner Key Doweling Jig
The Jig is great! Don't know why I waited so long to get one.
December 9, 2019
Purchased
3 weeks ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Have not had a chance to use it yet, but I will next month when I have some Christmas gifts to make....It seems well made & simple to use....Cant wait to use it....
November 22, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Nice Idea
It is easy to use and adds a nice and solid feature.
November 15, 2019
Purchased
1 month 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
4 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
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
I wanted one and I missed the sale. It is just a nice jig to have around for lots of ideas
Robert T on Dec 13, 2019
Looked like a great joinery jig.
Eric T on Dec 10, 2019
I wanted one and I missed the sale. It is just a nice jig to have around for lots of ideas
Robert T on Dec 13, 2019
To help build wood box for speaker kit.
Gerald S on Dec 11, 2019
Looked like a great joinery jig.
Eric T on Dec 10, 2019
HUBBY REQUESTED - GIVING FOR CHRISTMAS
BETH M on Dec 9, 2019
I bought the corner key doweling jig to add strength to my mitered corners and also for decorative purposes.
William S on Dec 7, 2019
I want some pizazz on some of my projects.
Chuck on Dec 7, 2019
Making a Drawer
Leslie W on Dec 7, 2019
Looking at doing boxes with dowel and this appears to be a good tool for the job.
James W on Dec 6, 2019
For the accuracy of placing corner dowels.
Sharon B on Dec 6, 2019
On sale
Jim L on Dec 6, 2019
Trying a new way & look for projects.
David M on Dec 6, 2019
1. I love tools. 2. It expands my capabilities to make really impressive projects.
Douglas R on Dec 5, 2019
Simply looked interesting
Daniel S on Dec 4, 2019
I am making keepsake wooden boxes for my grandchildren, for Christmas and thought that adding some corner dowling would give them a finishing touch. <br /><br />Plus, the price was right with the holiday sale.
Chuck H on Dec 4, 2019
I LIKE THE USE OF 3 DRILL SIZES AND FINISHED ITEMS LOOK GREAT
john s on Dec 4, 2019
Cool tool for mitered corners, will add a bit of class to my projects!
Linda S on Dec 4, 2019
I am making some boxes and want to add some decorative designs and I thought this will help make them look more attractive.
Hans H on Dec 3, 2019
It might be quicker to making jewelry boxes
Robert S on Dec 3, 2019
Have used this and it works very very well
Dick B on Dec 3, 2019
I did not have it.
Edward B on Dec 3, 2019
Sale
Hotshot on Dec 2, 2019
Be nice to include in my projects.
David H on Dec 2, 2019
To diversify my woodworking hobby
Andrew K on Dec 2, 2019
quality
John R on Dec 2, 2019
Project for Wireless speaker box and future projects
Steven F on Dec 2, 2019
To Make Decorator Boxes
John H on Dec 2, 2019
i wanted to put more decorative strength to my boxes
Douglas G on Dec 2, 2019
This looks to be an easy jig to add to my compliment of cabinetry tools. I look forward to using it on future projects.
John W on Dec 2, 2019
Price and convenience.
Robert R on Dec 2, 2019
Looks like a neat way to have stronger corners
Richard on Dec 2, 2019
Just finished a project that could have used this jig. Won't happen again!
Joseph R. H on Dec 2, 2019
Will use to add decoration to boxes.
Duane L on Dec 2, 2019
Looking forward to trying something new.
N A on Dec 2, 2019
Looks like a great product
Gregory M on Dec 2, 2019
Looks like a good idea
George B on Dec 2, 2019
Alienate method to spline keys,dovetail splines and other router based keys. I will use them all for decorative accents and strength.
Randy on Dec 2, 2019
My Mother in law wanted some gift boxes and i'm going to use miter corners and decide to check this product to see how nice they going to come out
Jose on Dec 2, 2019
Currently building an antique blanket case and like the item of the angled dowels instead of the straight in dowel look. I will give it a try.
Bob E on Dec 2, 2019
i HAVE BEEN MAKING BOXES FOR YEARS. THIS JIG LOOKS LIKE A GOOD WAY PUT THE BOX CORNERS TOGETHER. THIS LOOKS LIKE A GOOD IDEA FOR PICTURE FRAME CORNERS IF I CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO PUT THE FRAME INTO THE JIG.
RICHARD M on Nov 28, 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
To help build wood box for speaker kit.
Gerald S on Dec 11, 2019
HUBBY REQUESTED - GIVING FOR CHRISTMAS
BETH M on Dec 9, 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.
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.
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.
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
Can the jig be configured to do inside corners? I have a manufactured drawer for a dresser that is badly made with dove tails.. they don't match up and little or no room to fix but this might be the answer.
Dave on Dec 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No it can only be used on the outside corners.
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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