A headless, cylindrical pin which is sunk into corresponding holes in adjoining parts, to locate the parts relative to each other or to join them together. Also known as dowel pin.
A round wooden stick from which dowel pins are cut.
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A small pin inserted into two abutting pieces of wood; in stone or masonry construction, a wooden or metal pin placed between the different courses to prevent shifting.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
an inserted pin for connecting parts in joinery. It consists of a wooden or plastic cylinder 6–20 mm in diameter and 25–160 mm long. The ends are slightly beveled, and the sides are fluted to allow air to escape when the dowel is driven into a hole. The dowel is smeared with glue before insertion. Dowel joints are more economical than mortise joints.
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A cylindrical wood or metal rod; used to secure two pieces of wood, stone, concrete, etc., by inserting it in a hole through the two members.
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