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Pocket hole screws don't hold as well as a cross bolt. Also, the general use of the cross bolt is in trestle design where they are used to attach a stretcher between legs that helps overcome racking forces. This means that you use a fairly wide member in a vertical orientation so pocket holes would have to be on the sides where they would be quite visible. One of the other assets of the cross dowel is being able to tighten them later if needed.You can plug all of those holes in both methods but to tighten them you'd need to drill the plugs out and then re-plug. That's not easy with pocket holes but with a cross dowel the only plug you'd need to drill and re-plug is the end one over the bolt head which would be fairly straight forward. So for that one type application (that I can think of) the cross dowels are the best fastening method.
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Or, you could do it like the cowboys used to build corrals. They would set the poles, wrap them with wet leather, and in a day or so that leather would dry and shrink and make about a permanent fastening there is. Except, you could always cut the rawhide later, if adjustments or take down was required, then wrap with wet rawhide again if need be.

This would not work everywhere, but with furniture, used only inside, might work. Be interesting to have one of you give it a try and report how it works. DesertratTom would be in a good location to give it a shot.

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Originally Posted by roofner View Post
The link is now dead but assuming that it is the "WOODPECKERS UNIVERSAL CROSS DOWEL JIG" my comment is that it is too restrictive and much more expensive than needed.

I'm just about ½ way through putting in cross dowels/bed bolts for the first time and I didn't need a jig also that jig would probably not have been of any use.

But if you have $200 burning a hole in your pocket then it's a pretty toy.
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