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Shelf Pin Drilling Jig

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Project by Bricofleur posted 03-11-2012 02:01 PM 4916 views 20 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To evenly space pin holes when I build bookcases featuring adjustable shelves, here is this jig I use with my plunge router made out of 1/2’’ plywood, inspired by the one made by Norm Abram in The New Yankee Workshop TV show. Using a 5/8’’ Forstner bit, holes have been bored at 1’’ center at the drill press and a 1/4’’ hole have been drilled at each end. Those 1/4’’ holes will help relocate the jig using a 1/4’’ dowel (or a pin) to drill more holes.

Under the jig, a sliding fence sets the distance from the holes and the edges of the uprights. Wing nuts and fender washers lock it down. Each end can be precisely adjusted, thanks to the carriage bolts that slide in the slots.

After aligning the center lines of the jig and the upright and after setting the fence from under according to the required distance of the holes from the edge, they are both secured to the workbench with clamps.

It works with a 5/8’’ colar (or guide bushing) mounted on the router as well as a plunging 1/4’’ spiral bit.

To make a set of holes, I drop the collar of the router in each 5/8’’ hole and I make the plunges.

Thanks for looking.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com





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patron

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#1 posted 03-11-2012 02:15 PM

you da man
with a good plan
always reaching
always teaching

burma shave

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Bricofleur

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#2 posted 03-11-2012 03:05 PM

Hey David! Yep, always reaching, always teaching, as you do, but no plan, as well as you I believe. I always work from pictures or from the product of my imagination. No plan. A plan may be too tricky for me to follow or may hide mistakes (bad experience).

Best,

Serge

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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DIYaholic

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#3 posted 03-11-2012 03:25 PM

Excellent job.

I need one of these. Another addition to my ever growing “To-Do List” of shop projects!

Thanks for sharing & the motivation.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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patron

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#4 posted 03-11-2012 03:39 PM

you da man
without a plan
always seeking thru
the void

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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mikethetermite

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#5 posted 03-11-2012 03:57 PM

Serge, I’m always amazed at your work. We all have learned a great deal from you. But the biggest lesson is we are only limited by our imagination.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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doncutlip

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#6 posted 03-11-2012 04:15 PM

Every bit as nice as the store bought one I have

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Diggerjacks

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#7 posted 03-11-2012 06:11 PM

Hello Serge

A new jig and a lot new ideas I suppose …

Simple but really creative

Another jig we all want to make

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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ptweedy

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#8 posted 03-11-2012 10:57 PM

hey buddy love your jig,Iused one very similar until I stumbled accross the jig described at this web site. www.woodworking.org/wc/garchive99/4_23holejig.html I built one and it works great. phil

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Roger

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#9 posted 03-12-2012 11:03 AM

looks like a gr8 jig Serge

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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schloemoe

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#10 posted 03-12-2012 11:07 AM

Is that an oakpark plate I see on youre router I thought I was the only guy in the western hemisphere that had one of those. They have very good quality products don’t you think ? I sure like they’re brass guides also . I also built a shelf pin jig by Norm Abrams. Don’t know how I ever got along without it nice build thanks for sharing…..................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com

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mafe

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#11 posted 03-12-2012 11:52 AM

Well made and good idea.
Another one of your Brico Specials you seem to be a river of ideas.
Thank you.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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Bricofleur

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#12 posted 03-12-2012 12:55 PM

Thank you all for your comments.

I should have add the results from this shelf pin drilling jig:

@schloemoe: You’re not alone anymore who has Oak-Park accessories. As you mentioned, this is great stuff. Three of my routers sit on their baseplates and one of my router table features their larger model. And because of that, I own two sets of their 1-1/2’’ brass bushings. On my current project I will use one of their box joint jigs. I own and I like their three available sizes.

@Mads: This one is not from me. I copied it from ‘the’ most former woodworking TV show we add in this side on the pond. Thank you for stopping by.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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ChuckM

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#13 posted 03-12-2012 04:20 PM

Good execution in the making of the versatile jig.

This reminds me of Norm’s boring jig as well as his TV show…So far no presenters, current or past, have been able to replace him in terms of persona or explaining things as clear as he.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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MT_Stringer

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#14 posted 05-16-2012 02:37 AM

I made this jig today for an upcoming project. Thanks for sharing. I think it will work great.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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ptweedy

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#15 posted 05-16-2012 05:25 AM

hey buddy take a look at wwa shelf pin jig on google.or yahoo. Read the whole thing including the 4th page. this thing really makes it simple and fast.

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