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Project by RickRogers7 posted 1490 days ago 5009 views 25 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry, no Vanna White or Pat Sajak. It is an approach to drilling radially spaced “spoke” holes on the drill press. Drill remove the dowel, rotate the wheel, insert the dowel and drill again. There are probably more elegant solutions out there. Note the drill bit is a sharpened finish nail. Seemed to wander less than my 3/32” twist drill bit. Thanks for looking. (Added some more pictures of by assembly jig and the final product.)

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#1 posted 1490 days ago

Very clever! What’s the project?

-- Peter, Central VA

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#2 posted 1490 days ago

I agree, a great idea! A+ for a super jig!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 1489 days ago

I recently built a jig for drilling some lamp parts that I have in the works. My jig was not at all as fancy as this but I was able to drill the holes I wanted. Thanks for sharing your wheel maker.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#4 posted 1489 days ago

great idea, I’m thinking about a jig like this for weeks now.
Thanks for posting

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#5 posted 1489 days ago

How did you get the accuracy needed for to placement of the holes?

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#6 posted 1489 days ago

Thats really brilliant – less is more!
Thank you.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 1489 days ago

Very clever jig. I love ingenuity. Like Peter, I am very curious to know exactly what the project is. Please do tell?

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#8 posted 1489 days ago

Thanks for your replies. The project is some spoked wheels for a model A Ford. This jig helps drill holes in the rim that the spokes pass through. I’ve got some work to do on the center hub and tires, hope to follow up with a post later.

Placement of the Jig Holes
I sketched the angled lines and center pivot (via CAD) on paper and glued the template to a plywood disk. I drilled the center hole and then used this hole to rotate the disk horizontally on the drill press table. I’d then rotate the disk, line up the sketched radial line with the tip of the bit, and drill the hole.

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#9 posted 1479 days ago

would a brad point bit drill bit work ????

-- Richie, PA - " from rough cut to fine rustic furniture "

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#10 posted 1479 days ago

nice project

-- Richie, PA - " from rough cut to fine rustic furniture "

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#11 posted 1479 days ago

A brad point should work fine. The sharpened finish nail was on hand and saved me a trip to the store.

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#12 posted 1477 days ago

Clever Rick. I’ve had to do the same for another project, but using the bandsaw, not drill press. It works great. If you have problems with tearout on the exit of the hole, you might try drilling first, then hogging out the middle afterwards.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#13 posted 1468 days ago

Nice jig and I would also wager that you could double or triple the number of holes radially by putting the dowels in another pre-drilled hole in the jig.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#14 posted 963 days ago

That is an awesome jig Rick. I have picture of a similar setup I was going to try and copy but your design is much simplier. Thanks for sharing.



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#15 posted 177 days ago

Another one to add to my project list.

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