A hole drilling jig

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Project by Dkol posted 1876 days ago 9029 views 93 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this jig to drill cribbage boards, but would work for anything needing evenly spaced holes

I used a box joint jig to create 1/4” dados 3/8” deep in 3” x 24” 4/4 poplar. I glued a “cap” on top to hopefully keep the fingers from breaking off and glued that to a scrap piece of plywood.

To align the jig I butt it against the Drill press fence and move in to give the line I want to drill. The jig is then moved back and forth along the fence to the desired starting point and then clamped down.

The stop block has 2 fingers on it that engage the dados and “lock” into place. For 1/2 inch spacing the block is moved one notch. For 1/4 inch spacing the stop is flipped for the next hole (the width of the stop is 3 inches and one side does not have a finger).

It works well, but as always I managed to get a couple of Wonky holes. A friend says not to worry, “consider it a signature of sorts”.

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#1 posted 1876 days ago

very clever. Thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 1876 days ago

Fantastic idea. I have been pondering a new drill press table for some time. I will incorporate this idea into the design. Thanks for the idea and the great pics.

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#3 posted 1876 days ago

brilliant! thanks for the post. definitely something that can all use.

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#4 posted 1876 days ago

Great idea. Nicely done.

Thanks for sharing

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#5 posted 1876 days ago

Pretty clever.

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#6 posted 1876 days ago

If you don’t mind I would like to incorporate this spacer system in a jig for my over head router table to space the grooves for a CD/DVD rack.
Have been trying to work out a system for spacing.. now I have it.. thanks for your fine idea.

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#7 posted 1876 days ago

This is great! I can see other applications forming in my mind as I look at it. I might even make one to make a cribbage board sometime. Thanks for the post.

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#8 posted 1876 days ago

I wonder about drill wander on this ? would you not be better with an engineers centre drill since these are not through holes (I suspect ) your drilling .So heck it might be worth a try. They make very even and accurately round holes .Alistair

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#9 posted 1876 days ago


I usually use bradpoint bits, and they do work better, but this particular board is very thin and I was afraid the bradpoint would penetrate all of the way through.


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#10 posted 1875 days ago

Good jig and a good idea. You got it going guy. Keep it up. You’ll work the kinks out.

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#11 posted 1875 days ago

Good thinking as happens more than not a jig to make a jig. very well done.

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#13 posted 1875 days ago

Ingenious! Thanks for sharing.

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#14 posted 1875 days ago

hey Dkol,
That is one sweet jig….well done.

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#15 posted 1875 days ago

Your jig looks great and gives me some ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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