(Woodworker wannabe here)
I had a blowout on my recliner the other day. I preceeded to unstaple the
upholstery to find out that a crossmember had developed a split and the
attached bracketry came undone. To fix the issue, I swapped all the spring
retainer clips, and two metal brackets onto a new piece of wood. The ends
needed to be drilled to accomodate two dowels per end. The old ones were
3/8" OD dowels with some kind of spiral cut in them. I went to look for
some of these at Home Depot and I found I had two options. I could buy a
three foot hardwood dowel for 79 cents or for a dollar-fifty I could buy
some fluted, precut dowels in a bag. I bought the ones in the bag, thinking
the flutes may be better at holding glue.
What's better; the smooth dowel or the fluted dowel or the spiral-cut dowel?
What drill size would you use on a 3/8 OD dowel? Is it better to drill the
nominal size, a slight press fit, or a loose fit?
I drilled the holes using a 23/64 drill bit, slathered the fluted dowels in
Elmer's glue, and assembled the pieces using a furniture clamp. It's still
curing so I don't know how well the hold is going to be, so while I am
waiting, I figured on getting your dowel filled opinions.