Self-Adjusting Dowels For Trial Assemblies
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an easy way to eliminate the frustrations of trial assembly
with tight-fitting dowels:
things are more aggravating than trying to break down a dowelled
trial assembly when the dowels fit snugly. Prying the joints
apart with screwdrivers...or hammering them apart can mar
your project components to the point where you'll have to
re-make them. Instead, try this trick.
with ten or so some tight-fitting dowels in each of the sizes
you normally use. Then, using your Bandsaw or Scroll Saw cut
saw kerfs about one-third of the way down from each end of
the dowels and 90-degrees to one another (in a "+" shape).
use these slotted dowels whenever you're going through a trial
assembly process. Your workpieces will pull apart easily and
without prying or hammering.