How to Use Toothpicks as Dowels

Use Toothpicks for More Than Just Your Teeth! Round toothpicks work great for joining together boards. You’ll have a nearly invisible fastening job!

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Use Toothpicks for More Than Just Your Teeth

Round toothpicks work great for joining together boards. When each board is cut and ready to put together, drill pilot holes (the same diameter as the toothpick) in two spots on each board. It is crucial that the pilot holes are in the exact same spot on each board so it is smart to use a square when measuring. Next apply glue to the toothpick and tap it into the hole. When the glue sets, cut the excess toothpick so it will fit into the other board with glue. Now glue the boards together and clamp to dry. You’ll have a nearly invisible fastening job!

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