How to Use Dowel Screws


Many innovative techniques are used in modern-day carpentry. Among them, dowel screws are quite prominent. These types of screws do not have a conventional shape; instead, both ends are spiral for firm attachment between the legs of furniture. But many of us do not know properly about the exact manner of using these screws. For this reason, today, we will discuss some easy techniques on how to use dowel screws. This will be much beneficial for the beginners, and it will help accelerate your woodworking experience.

How to Use Dowel Screws


Many processes can be implemented for using dowel screws. These screws are used as a core fastener for the furniture. There is no need for hardware when you are using dowel screws. Besides, these joint eliminates the requirement of extra nails, pins as well as staples. The assembly of such furniture is also straightforward. Thus, we have shortlisted some easy techniques that will enable a person to use the dowel screws. These steps are simplified below with proper explanation.

 Method One

• Step One

The first method forms our list is a meaningful way to operate the dowel screws. This will help the beginners get a proper hold on to this equipment. Generally, the dowel screws are manufactured to get extra attachment among the wood. And for this reason, there is no specific end for these screws. Both ends are made like screws. This acts as an excellent fastener to join adjacent timbers and for perpendicular attachment too.

• Step Two

The first step of this process is drilling the hole, before that it is necessary to select the dowel size. This is dependent on the type of joint that you are trying to place among the timbers. You can choose a comparatively higher diameter-based dowel screw for woods with more increased thickness. For timbers with lower thickness, you can easily select the normal diameter-based screes. This is dependent on the requirement of the user.

• Step Three

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Now you have to take the piece of dowel and place it on a table. Please use a clean white cloth to keep the screw in such cases, and there is much less possibility of missing the screw. Now you have to take a drill machine and select an accurate drill bit for the process. In such cases, the drill bit should be much less than the diameter of the dowel screw. This is much necessary for the proper attachment of the dowel to the wood.

• Step Four

The hole that has been made using a drill machine should always be kept lower in size. This is done because the dowel screws are much thicker, and if the hole is not smaller than the diameter of the screw, then the point of a joint between the dowel and the timber will become loose. So the best way to get the correct connection is to drill a smaller hole and then using the drill machine and let the dowel screw bring out the best possible riveted joint among the timbers.

• Step Five

As we have mentioned earlier, dowel screws are much thicker than the conventional screws, so there will be a higher force for drilling these screws. In such cases, it is evident that you will need some clamps to hold the furniture. This can be quickly done during the procedure. You have to place the table stand or your desired furniture leg perpendicular to the ground and then apply the clamp the legs to the desired position concerning your workbench.

• Step Six

After you have attached the clamp, it is time to check the level of the table. For this, you have to place a level on the table’s surface and then check the alignment. Afterward, you will put some wooden plumb to make it level. It would be best if you remembered that you could not start working with the dowel until the table or the furniture is appropriately leveled. This will ruin the total attachment procedure, and the dowel screws will deviate from the initial connection position.

• Step Seven

Once the table is leveled, you have to take the drill machine and drill into a hole where you want to place the dowel. There will be an apparent creation of sawdust for the use of a drill machine. You have to remove the excess sawdust. Because this will hamper the future steps of the process. Now you have to take some glue and pour it in the guide hole that has been prepared. For this process, you must use the wood glue. This will help to make the process lot easier and without delay.

• Step Eight

Now you have to take a dowel screwdriver, which is cordless. This is much required because dowel screws are always used in critical connection positions. In such cases, having a cordless drill machine will surely help get the proper access to all the furniture places. Now you have to use a dowel bit for the screwdriver, and you have to start drilling the dowel. You have to dig it on the hole in which you have already used the wood glue, and you have to keep plugging until the final edge of the dowel disappears into the wood.

• Step Nine

After you have drilled the dowel into the wood, you have to let the glue dry. Once the glue is dried, you can go for the finishing touches. Now you have to take the other legs of the furniture and drill in the same manner. After all, the drilling is done, and the dowel is attached correctly, you can let the glue dry and then turn the furniture it no the correct position. You have to check the furniture level, and after it is adjusted, you can remove the level, and your table is ready to use, and the dowel screws installation is finished.

How to Use Dowel Screws 1

 Method Two

• Step One

In this method, there will be a measuring tape requirement because the first step of this process is taking the precise measurement of the entire wood that you want to drill. It is better to use a drill mark for this task. This will help you mark the exact points, and you can quickly put ink in those places. Once the measuring and the marking of the drill bit are done, you can go for the next step. This step will include drilling along the measurement.

• Step Two

Now you have to use the drill machine and start drilling the hole with the dowel bit. As mentioned in the previous step, you must make a narrow hole. This will help you to get a proper adjustment of the dowel. Once the holes are prepared, you must make similar drilling on the adjacent wood, and then you have to make sure that both the parts are correctly aligned. This is the most critical aspect of the whole process. If the holes are not aligned correctly, then the dowel attachment cannot be adequately established.

• Step Three

After all the adjacent holes are aligned, you can drill the dowels in them, and then you have to apply the wood glue. This is much important because the shape of the dowel is quite a different form the conventional pins. For this reason, an adhesive is much essential, this will allow the dowel to settle down in the hole, and as a result, you can quickly get a firm connection. In this manner, you can easily use the dowel to establish a precise relationship between a table or furniture’s legs.


• Personal Safety

The process of using a dowel screw includes the use of automated machinery. This machinery requires electricity to run; besides, there is an ample opportunity of using a drill machine in this process. For this reason, as a concerned user, you must wear personal safety glasses and a face mask. This is important because there is always an eruption of sawdust in this process, which can be harmful to health. In these cases wearing a mask will surely help to reduce such unwanted threats to your health. 

• Guideline

When you plan to do something new, it is evident that there will be hurdles and complications. The same thing implies to using the dowel screws. We have already observed that diverse processes are implemented in this case, and for the betterment of our readers, the exact process for learning is much essential. For this reason, we humbly suggest our readers check the guidelines for using the instrument, which is required for having perfection in work. This will reduce the threats and increase the safety factor of the task.

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In conclusion, we hope that the techniques we have stated here will surely help use the dowel screws. These processes will much benefit the beginners who are newly acquainted with these screws. Besides, the people who are interested in DIY activities can also apply these processes. This is a great and effective way to enhance the personal skill of a person. Thank you for your precious time. Have a nice day!!

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