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Baseboard Alignment Dowels

Alignment dowels ensure the accurate alignment of model railway baseboards. Prices quoted are for one assembly, i.e. one male & one female (plus screws, where applicable). Two assemblies are needed for each baseboard joint.

Three ranges of model railway baseboard dowels are available;
  • Cabinet makers dowels, inexpensive & easy to fit but the least accurate, not suitable for finescale use.
  • Bullet type baseboard dowels, these are a good compromise, similar to the Cabinet Makers but more accurate.
  • Pattern makers dowels (sometimes referred to as engineers dowels), very accurate with a clearance of just 0.002". They are the first choice for most finescale modellers, although they do require careful fitting.
Baseboard Joiners (Baseboard Connectors)
Some people refer to alignment dowels as 'baseboard joiners' or 'baseboard connectors', these terms can be misleading. These dowels are used only to ensure correct alignment of the baseboards (and therefore the tracks), they do not secure the boards together. To join baseboards securely either toggle clips can be used, these being especially useful on portable layouts or nuts & bolts which are more suited to permanent baseboards.

All dowels are priced for one assemly, consiting of one male half & one female. Two (for wide baseboards three) assemblies are needed per joint.
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Small alignment dowel, for model railway baseboards
Cabinet Makers Dowel (Steel)
Clearance
0.2mm - 0.3mm (0.008" - 0.012")

Code Description Price Qty. Status
FD1000 Cabinet Makers Dowel 0.50
One Assembly
In
Stock


Bullet type baseboard alignment dowel
Bullet Type Dowel
Clearance
0.05mm - 0.12mm (0.002" - 0.005")

Code Description Price Qty. Status
FD3008 Baseboard Alignment Dowel - Bullet Type - 8mm 0.95
One Assembly
In
Stock
FD3010 Baseboard Alignment Dowel - Bullet Type - 10mm 1.50
One Assembly
In
Stock
FD3012 Baseboard Alignment Dowel - Bullet Type - 12mm 1.75
One Assembly
In
Stock


HSS Drill Bits For Fitting Dowels
HSS Drill Bits For Fitting Dowels



Code Description Price Qty. Status
HJ1230 7.5mm Drill Bit For Fitting 8mm Dowels 1.20 Each In
Stock
HJ1231 9.5mm Drill Bit For Fitting 10mm Dowels 1.60 Each In
Stock
HJ1232 11.5mm Drill Bit For Fitting 12mm Dowels 2.25 Each In
Stock


Pattern makers dowel, for model railway baseboards
Pattern Makers Dowel
Clearance
0.05mm (0.002")
Screws Included


Code Description Price Qty. Status
FD2501 Pattern Makers Dowel 4.50
One Assembly
In
Stock


Pattern Makers Dowel, Female Half
Brass Pattern Makers Dowel
Socket Half Only

Screws Included


Code Description Price Qty. Status
FD2502 Brass Pattern Makers Dowel, Socket Half Only 2.00 Each In
Stock


Pattern Makers Dowel, Male Half
Brass Pattern Makers Dowel
Pin Half Only

Screws Included


Code Description Price Qty. Status
FD2503 Brass Pattern Makers Dowel, Pin Half Only 3.00 Each In
Stock


6 Piece Flat Wood Bit Set to fit patternmakers dowels
6 Piece Flat Wood Bit Set
Includes 25mm bit for Pattern Makers Dowel.


Code Description Price Qty. Status
HJ1217 6 Piece Flat Wood Bit Set 3.50 Per Set In
Stock



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