Miller Dowels are simple products that can add beauty and longevity to any project. We offer 4 hardwood species, in 3 sizes, and the TruFit Drill Bits you’ll need to properly use your new joining components.
Miller Dowel Joinery System
$8.99 – $418.41
Miller Dowel Joinery System
What is the Miller Dowel?
Imagine a stepped, solid-wood structural fastener that forms tight joints all the way through. Unlike other methods of wood joinery, each of these requires minimal tools and can be installed anywhere they’re needed in any project from the outside, in. The key to its utility is the unique patented stepped design. The first section acts like a clamp that securely holds the first piece to the second. The second section gives the joint shear strength. The remaining sections bond with the anchor pieces to form a secure joint. The sections are not tapered, which means that the glue surface remains intact through the entire length of the dowel engaging with the wood.
The stepped design of our dowels is designed to achieve three or more separate parallel diameters.
- For strength, each one is a radial ledge of 45 degrees.
- They are turned to a furniture-grade tolerance of +/- .008″.
- Kiln-dried to a moisture content of just 7% to 9%.
Features and Benefits:
- Design – The stepped design and ribs allow for ease of insertion and a tight hold.
- Stepped design allows the dowel to drop 2/3 of the way into the borehole for ease of insertion.
- Superior joinery strength. 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.
- Optimal distribution and 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.
- Advantages – With the Miller Dowel, alignment is perfect every time.
- Alignment is key, and 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!
- A great alternative to mortise and tenon, bind dowels, biscuits, and other methods of natural joinery.
- Material – We offer multiple wood species. Ask us about other species such as Purple Heart, White Oak, and Teak.
- Species can be mixed and matched, giving you multiple options of styles.
- Outdoor use. Teak can be used for outdoor furniture as it holds up extremely well against the elements.
- Guaranteed quality For strength, each one is a radial ledge of 45 degrees and kiln-dried to a moisture content of just 7% to 9%.
- 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 two sections of the drill bit are used, then only two 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.
- Furniture, case goods and for any material where normal dowels are used
- Suited for indoor and outdoor use depending on species of wood dowel used
Wood – Birch, Cherry, Oak, Walnut
Apply wood glue and knock-in with a hammer
The stepped design allows for ease of installation.
Miller Dowel TruFit Drill bit, glue, and hammer
All wood materials
Case goods, cabinets, furniture
Miller Dowel TruFit Drill Bit
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- Using the Miller TruFit stepped bit, drill a pilot hole through the top piece and into the substrate.
- Apply glue to the rib section of the dowel.
- Insert the dowel so that it drops approximately two-thirds its length, tapping until it is flush or fully seated in the hole
- The remaining portion can be trimmed off or sanded until smooth.
- The dowel will self-center and align with the second board even if you have not pre-glued or clamped the components. Tap in the dowel until it’s fully inserted and trim or sand any raised portions.
- 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 two sections of the drill bit are used, then only two 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.