James Krenov’s dowel joint
Use a simple shopmade jig to create cabinets that stand the test of time.
Synopsis: Doweling is a great joinery technique for both veneered and solid-wood carcases. It creates a strong joint and is accessible to most any woodworker. The key is accuracy. David Welter uses the doweling technique he learned from James Krenov. One simple jig takes care of all the layout and ensures all the holes drilled are accurate.
The strong and unobtrusive dowel joint has earned its place in woodworking history. For cabinets, the technique can provide a joint as strong as other methods and has the advantage of being accessible to shops of modest means.
Doweling is an excellent technique for both solid wood and veneered carcases. The key to good doweling is accuracy. I’ve had success using James Krenov’s approach to doweling, which uses a shopmade doweling jig. It is accurate, of negligible expense, and adaptable to many situations.