This handy little device can make life a lot easier when constructing woodwork projects that need dowel fixings for strength and stability. The unit is designed for standard 15 mm laminate board and 6 mm wood dowels, but could be easily adapted for other sizes.

This simple jig fits over the end of standard laminated 15 mm board (Contiplas) and guides a 6 mm drill precisely in the correct position for fitting dowel pins. The two holes allow both end and side drilling. The project is based on a 50mm length of 25mm square aluminium bar.The G-code file provided will machine the slot and drill the 6mm centre hole. The other side hole will need to be done manually. The code was compiled for a long series 5mm, 4 flute endmill and a 6mm standard twist drill. A further feature you could add would be to use a V Shaped tool to score a groove around the center line to aid alignment.

Note: The Code has only been tested on my own converted milling machine using Mach 3 software. You may need to edit the code to suit the feed speeds and parameters of your own machine.

The start reference point is the top left hand corner and a tool clearance of 2.5 mm.

This small G-Code file will run on the demo version of Mach 3:

N10 G21
N20 G0 G17 G40 G49 G80 G90
N40 (2 1/2 Axis Pocketing)
N50 T1 M6

N70 S2000 M03
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N890 G00
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N1040 G00 Z27.5000
N1050 G00
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N1150 G00
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N1180 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
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N1230 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
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N1250 G00
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N1270 G01 Z19.0000 F100.0
N1280 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
N1290 G00 Z27.5000
N1300 G00
N1310 X50.5000 Y-8.5000
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N1330 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
N1340 G00 Z27.5000
N1350 G00
N1360 X50.5000 Y-7.5000
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N1380 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
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N1420 G01 X50.5000
N1430 G01 Y-7.5000
N1440 G01 X-0.5000
N1450 G00 Z27.5000
N1460 G00
N1470 X50.5000 Y-17.5000
N1480 G01 Z17.0000 F100.0
N1490 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
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N1510 G00
N1520 X50.5000 Y-16.0000
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N1540 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
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N1740 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
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N1760 G00
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N1880 G01 X50.5000
N1890 G01 Y-7.5000
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N1920 G00
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N2070 G00
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N2150 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
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N2170 G00
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N2200 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
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N2220 G00
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N2250 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
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N2300 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
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N2320 G01 Z15.0000 F100.0
N2330 G01 Y-17.5000 F50.0
N2340 G01 X50.5000
N2350 G01 Y-7.5000
N2360 G01 X-0.5000
N2370 G00 Z27.5000
N2380 G00
N2390 X50.5000 Y-17.5000
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N2410 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
N2420 G00 Z27.5000
N2430 G00
N2440 X50.5000 Y-16.0000
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N2460 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
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N2480 G00
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N2520 G00 Z27.5000
N2530 G00
N2540 X50.5000 Y-13.0000
N2550 G01 Z13.0000 F100.0
N2560 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
N2570 G00 Z27.5000
N2580 G00
N2590 X50.5000 Y-11.5000
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N2610 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
N2620 G00 Z27.5000
N2630 G00
N2640 X50.5000 Y-10.0000
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N2660 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
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N2680 G00
N2690 X50.5000 Y-8.5000
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N2710 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
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N2730 G00
N2740 X50.5000 Y-7.5000
N2750 G01 Z13.0000 F100.0
N2760 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
N2770 G00 Z27.5000
N2780 G01 Z13.0000 F100.0
N2790 G01 Y-17.5000 F50.0
N2800 G01 X50.5000
N2810 G01 Y-7.5000
N2820 G01 X-0.5000
N2830 G00 Z27.5000
N2840 G00
N2850 X50.5000 Y-17.5000
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N2940 G00
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N2970 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
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N2990 G00
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N3020 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
N3030 G00 Z27.5000
N3040 G00
N3050 X50.5000 Y-11.5000
N3060 G01 Z11.0000 F100.0
N3070 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
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N3090 G00
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N3130 G00 Z27.5000
N3140 G00
N3150 X50.5000 Y-8.5000
N3160 G01 Z11.0000 F100.0
N3170 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
N3180 G00 Z27.5000
N3190 G00
N3200 X50.5000 Y-7.5000
N3210 G01 Z11.0000 F100.0
N3220 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
N3230 G00 Z27.5000
N3240 G01 Z11.0000 F100.0
N3250 G01 Y-17.5000 F50.0
N3260 G01 X50.5000
N3270 G01 Y-7.5000
N3280 G01 X-0.5000
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N3300 G00
N3310 X50.5000 Y-17.5000
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N3330 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
N3340 G00 Z27.5000
N3350 G00
N3360 X50.5000 Y-16.0000
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N3380 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
N3390 G00 Z27.5000
N3400 G00
N3410 X50.5000 Y-14.5000
N3420 G01 Z10.0000 F100.0
N3430 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
N3440 G00 Z27.5000
N3450 G00
N3460 X50.5000 Y-13.0000
N3470 G01 Z10.0000 F100.0
N3480 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
N3490 G00 Z27.5000
N3500 G00
N3510 X50.5000 Y-11.5000
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N3530 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
N3540 G00 Z27.5000
N3550 G00
N3560 X50.5000 Y-10.0000
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N3580 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
N3590 G00 Z27.5000
N3600 G00
N3610 X50.5000 Y-8.5000
N3620 G01 Z10.0000 F100.0
N3630 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
N3640 G00 Z27.5000
N3650 G00
N3660 X50.5000 Y-7.5000
N3670 G01 Z10.0000 F100.0
N3680 G01 X-0.5000 F50.0
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N3700 G01 Z10.0000 F100.0
N3710 G01 Y-17.5000 F50.0
N3720 G01 X50.5000
N3730 G01 Y-7.5000
N3740 G01 X-0.5000
N3750 G00 Z27.5000

N3760 (Standard 6mm Drill )
N3770 T2 M6
N3790 G00 Z27.50000
N3800 X25.0000 Y-12.5000
N3810 G81 X25.0000 Y-12.5000 Z-2.7321 R12.5 F50.0
N3830 G00 Z27.5000
N3840 M05
N3850 M30
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