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General Tools & Instruments 888 1/4-Inch to 1/2-Inch Dowel Center Transfer Plugs

4.5 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

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  • Accurately transfers dowel holes
  • Internal centering pin locates center of dowel for accurate drilling
  • Scribe point transfers mark for accurate drilling position
  • Set includes eight pieces -- two of each size 1/4", 5/16", 3/8" and 1/2" diameter
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Product Description

Product Description

8 Piece Dowel Center Set, Includes 2 Each: 1/4", 5/16", 3/8" & 1/2" Plated Steel Dowel Centers, Punch Marks Provide Accurate Dowel Hole Alignment.

From the Manufacturer

Dowel centers are quickest and most accurate method to locate, transfer and match dowel holes. Made of nickel plated steel. Set includes eight pieces--two of each size 1/4", 5/16", 3/8" and 1/2" diameter.

FEATURES

  • For accurate transfer of dowel holes
  • Internal centering pin locates center of dowel for accurate drilling
  • Scribe point transfers mark for accurate drilling position
  • Made of nickel-plated steel
  • Set includes 8 pieces, which provides you with 2 dowels each in 4 diameters: 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", and 1/2".

What’s in the Box

  • 2 1/4" dowel centers
  • 2 5/16" dowel centers
  • 2 3/8" dowel centers
  • 2 1/2" dowel centers

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Shelf pack dimensions: 6-7/8" H x 4-7/16" D x 2-7/8" W
  • Cube shelf: .0508
  • Shelf pack weight: 18.6 oz.
  • Per item weight: 7.9 oz.
  • Per item card size: 5-5/8" H x 2-3/4" W x 3/8" D


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Technical Details

Part Number 888
Item Weight 0.3 ounces
Product Dimensions 6.9 x 4.4 x 2.9 inches
Item model number 888
Item Package Quantity 1

Technical Specification

Data Sheet [PDF 93kb]

Additional Information

ASIN B00004T82N
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4.5 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #76,811 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#169 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tool Parts & Accessories > Jig Accessories
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Date First Available February 17, 2007

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These centers are used to align dowel holes- you drill one hole, plop in the insert, align the pieces you want to join, and push them together, then drill the second hole where you just marked it. Nothing could be easier. OK, not drilling holes and making stuff would be easier, but not much fun.
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I bought a set of these (identical in every way), over 30 years ago and have a project coming up that requires extras. Unlike many products that are still being made, but not as well as they used to be, these are the same quality as my old ones. The only difference is the packaging - the old ones were in a slotted plastic box. As I remember, the price is less than inflation would have caused. This is a good buy for a product that works.
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I had just received my dowel markers, but did not have a chance to try them out for dowelling because I was in the middle of resurfaceing my work bench with birch plywood. I had several vises on my bench that required matching holes in the plywood. Many of the holes were blind so I could not mark them from underneath the bench. I knew that I couldn't transfer the hole patterns to the plywood accurately enough by measuring with a tape measure.

After several unsuccessful and bizarre attempts (I'm not going to elaborate) to transfer the hole patterns, I spotted the dowel center transfer plugs sitting on my shelf and still in their package. I put a few of the plugs in the bench holes, laid the plywood on top, and gave it a thump with my hand. The holes transferred perfectly and my new plywood top lined up precisely with the bench holes and the bench edges. I didn't have enough of the plugs to do all of the holes but enough to recreate the pattern with proper registration.

I ordered another pack of the dowel transfer plugs today. If you think you might need these in your shop, do yourself a favor and buy two packages. You can't beat the price.
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They aren't brass plated as indicated in the photos and description, but they still do the job. The manufactures packaging states they are nickel plated steel.

Just keep them dry.
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These dowel center plugs work as indicated - simple yet effective. Shipped and received in a timely manner.
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These plugs are excellent for transferring the location of dowel or screw holes in a shelf to a support. They fit in the holes snugly, and come out easily, even after a hard hit with a mallet. Only problem I had, is one shelf had three holes, and there are only two plugs of each size in a set. So I should have purchased a second set. A simple solution.
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Brass would be better, these rust if not careful. a case would be nice, these are real easy to lose. I bought replacement because the old ones are lost, not worn out.
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I was building a table that required some doweling. These performed well, came in the sizes that I needed, and were wonderful...

Until it was time to put them somewhere. I work in a shared workshop where tools smaller than a hammer tend to disappear. These little guys should come in a case. One star removed for not including a chintzy case. I would have been happy with one of those crappy $0.99 plastic deals that cheapo drill bits come in.

If you've got your own case and a project that requires properly-aligned dowel holes, you've found your transfer plugs. Otherwise, just buy a little case along with these. They're cheap enough.
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