I use the tool mostly to drill straight holes into the center of 1X lumber. Works perfect for long wood screws. Great for attaching edges to the bottom of table tops.... I have used it for doweling but prefer my biscuit joiner for glued joints.
I bought this for a specific project and once I started using it I realized it's awesome and I should have been using it all along for so many other drilling projects. I encourage you to buy the wider version. Then buy a quality brand point bit and a nice set of compression stop collars.
Neat little gadget. The one I got was lightly used, come on, at least blow the sawdust off and put it back into the package right before you sell it as new, eh?
I bought this dowel jig to help me build my first ever wood project, a full and king size bed. I've never done any woodworking in my life. This jig was a tremendous help! It self centers and has multiple dowel sizes. I also ordered some tenon pins to help line everything up. This tool is very high quality and the materials are very robust. I've dropped it a couple times with no issues. The threads on the clamping system never bind or get stuck. They are always easy to clamp down and remove.
Great solid jig. Tried it right out of the box and it perfectly joined a couple of pieces of three quarter inch stock. Only negative for me is that it's a little hard to read the marking on the jig that you need to line up. I don't have 20 year old eyes anymore!