KNAPP Dowel Connectors
Innovative Solutions Just For You
Dowel Connectors are the future of the woodworking industry and will one day make wooden dowels obsolete. KNAPP Connectors develops innovative connecting solutions so you don’t have to. Have you ever wondered, “why hasn’t someone invented a glue-less dowel so I can speed up my production time?” Well… we have. Wooden dowels require gluing and clamping, which slows down production time, and many times, pre-glue dowels are inconsistent in size, causing machines to jam up. Metal and plastic dowel connectors are not only consistent and durable, but they can also withstand many weather conditions. With our dowel connectors, KNAPP® uses cutting-edge technology to bring consistency, speed, and quality to your workshop.
With KNAPP, here are the 5 advantages of using our dowel connectors:
- Perfect alignment every time
- Many can be installed with or without glue
- Used for many outdoor applications
- Great for flat packed RTA designs
- High level of durability and consistency
SERVING WOODWORKERS LIKE YOU FOR OVER 30 YEARS!
KNAPP® Connectors has been serving the woodworking industry for over 30 years. Our innovative connecting systems provide the solutions that are most needed in the furniture and cabinet manufacturing industry. All our metal and plastic dowel connectors are concealed, self-tightening, and simply snap together for fast assembly. All for the benefit of reducing time, labor, and equipment cost while keeping the perfect look of your workpiece. Our German-engineered furniture connectors are specifically designed with modern craftsmen and manufacturers in mind. With numerous products to choose from and their various usages across the board, KNAPP® is confident that you will find a connecting solution that is right for you. Most all of our connecting systems are made in Austria and Germany and guarantee superior design ─ this is KNAPP®.
Some of our top Dowel Connectors are:
KNAPP®-Dowel self-tightening plastic dowel, Miller Dowel Joinery System, QUICK-SET – 2 Part Locking Dowel, TUCK – Spring Steel Compression Dowel
Innovative Dowel Connectors to make you faster!
This plastic Knapp dowel is great, it allows me to make strong connections in melamine without the need of clamping
I ordered the TUCK dowels and the Knapp plastic dowels. The TUCK metal dowel is by far stronger than the plastic one, but both work for the intended purpose.
The KNAPP®-Dowel is a strong and durable plastic dowel connector available in 6×28 mm and 8×36 mm. We make our dowels out of the best high-strength weather-resistant (POM) plastic, which gives extra durability in outdoor weather conditions. The threaded ribs are designed to tightly grip into the borehole, hence, no clamping is necessary. Unlike conventional wooden dowels, the KNAPP®️ Dowel can be used with or without adhesive. If used with the recommended KNAPP®-Adhesive PU+ (Z011/1) the lengthwise grooves and two holes ensure an optimal distribution of the glue and a firm anchoring in the material, thus creating a strong and tight connection between the components when hardened. Processing can be done is as little as 7-10 minutes after insertion when using KNAPP-Adhesive PU+
MILLER Dowel Joinery System
MILLER Dowel is a stepped, solid-wood structural fastener that forms tight joints all the way through. This traditional joinery system is highly used for projects such as end tables, coffee tables, night stands, toy chests, and more.
Why is it stepped? Simple. Ease of insertion. The Miller Dowel can be inserted 3/4 of the way in before you have to hammer it in. The first section acts like a clamp that securely holds the first piece to the second. The second section gives the joint shear strength. The remaining sections bond with the anchor pieces to form a secure joint. The sections are not tapered, which means that the glue surface remains intact through the entire length of the dowel engaging with the wood.
Inserting the dowel from the outside in makes installation a breeze. Alignment and drilling is done all in one step. With a number of wood species to choose from, you will be building beautiful traditional furniture with minimal effort.
TUCK Spring Steel Compression Dowel
TUCK is a spring steel compression dowel for attaching components without glue or clamps that is immediately load-bearing. It is available in five sizes. The 6 x 25 mm, 8 x 35 mm and 10 x 32 mm dowels are processed like conventional wooden dowels. The 10 x 28 mm and 10 x 16 mm are screwed onto a component, while the other end is inserted into a borehole. The spring steel design guarantees permanent tightening by pushing against the borehole wall. The processing can be done with a dowel-boring machine or CNC. Due to eliminating usual clamping aids, the productivity of the gluing of workpieces (furniture parts such as chair stretchers) can also be drastically increased even in smaller manufacturers.
QUICK-SET 2-Part Locking Dowel
The QUICK-SET furniture connector is a simple and efficient 2-part Locking Dowel connector that includes a threaded stud and a plastic sleeve. It is self-tightening, non-visible, and can be inserted immediately into standard boreholes without the need for glue. Cabinets and closet systems can be put together on-site quickly and easily, thus high transport costs are omitted. The processing of the two-piece connector is the same as with a conventional dowel but in a much shorter time, as glue drying time is not a factor. In addition to its main area of application as a modern cabinet connector, the QUICK-SET can also be used for dresser drawer boxes, bedroom shelving, bookcases and more.
Get your Dowel Starter Kit!
Why not try them all? We offer a Starter Kit that includes the KNAPP® Dowel, QUICK-SET, and TUCK Compression Dowels. There are 2 different Starter Kits available, depending on the size dowels and quantity that you need. The Starter Kit also includes our premium KNAPP® Adhesive PU+.
The Dowel Starter Kit + is our most comprehensive and includes 30 pieces of each – KNAPP® Dowel, QUICK-SET, TUCK Compression Dowels. Each in their different sizes. giving you a total of 11 different options to choose from. This kit also includes our KNAPP® Adhesive PU+.
KNAPP® Adhesive PU+
Our KNAPP® Adhesive PU+ is the last one-component polyurethane based adhesive that you’ll need. For a permanent and reliable hold, we recommend using something that will last! It is water resistance Class D4 according to EN 204, and is 100% formaldehyde free. With its resealable cap, you can use it anytime without wasting the tube.
The KNAPP® Adhesive PU+ is commonly used with our KNAPP Plastic Dowel. Once the glue is applied and the components are joined, processing can be done is as little as 7-10 minutes. This drastically increases the production time compared to standard dowels and wood glue.
Not from North America? Follow the link to view our Dowel Connecting Systems on our European website!
With over 30 years of experience inventing connecting solutions for woodworkers, KNAPP® is proud to say, “we supply the world”. While our main headquarters is located in Austria, KNAPP® has been supplying connectors to the United States and Canada for over 20 years. As the demand for invisible connecting solutions grew, we replied by establishing our roots here in the U.S. back in 2017 to better serve the needs of our fellow woodworkers. Our KNAPPconnectors.com online store is pleased to serve North, South, and Central America. If you live outside of this area or if you live in Europe, please visit knapp-verbinder.com or email [email protected] to be connected with the right representative.
Still looking for a solution?
We hope you have found some practical and innovative dowel connectors and inspirational ideas for your woodworking projects. Are you still looking for a solution that you have not yet seen? In this industry, we are always inventing and continuously learning. We will be glad to help you find a connecting solution. Please, fill out the form below so we can help you find the perfect dowel connector for your woodworking project.