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Simple Horizontal Boring Jig

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Project by rmac posted 05-26-2013 08:21 PM 3965 views 11 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed to drill some fairly accurate holes in the ends of a long board. So I made this jig to hold my drill in a horizontal position. I was careful to make the center line of the drill parallel to the edge of the base. That way I can line up both the jig and the workpiece with the long edge of my workbench to more or less guarantee a straight hole.

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/





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#1 posted 05-26-2013 09:17 PM

You are very inventive! Thinking out side the box gets the job done!
I once had a Radial arm saw that had a drill chuck on the end of the motor. I use it for doing this same task.

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 05-27-2013 12:45 AM

nice idea

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#3 posted 05-27-2013 06:16 AM

Great idea

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#4 posted 05-27-2013 01:48 PM

great idea !

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#5 posted 05-27-2013 03:53 PM

Very nice idea. I was thinking the other day to do something similar using an el cheapo HF drill press and set it horizontal. I was going to use just the head and motor and discard the rest. That was one of the main features of the Shopsmith 5 in 1 tools.

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#6 posted 05-27-2013 04:00 PM

Thanks to everybody for the comments.

One of the troubles with my setup is that you have to prop up the material so wherever you want your hole lines up with the drill bit. I’ve been trying to dream up some sort of variable-height support, but haven’t come up with anything good yet. As Tony mentioned, that was one of the good thing about having chuck on the end of the motor on a radial arm saw. With that arrangement, it was real easy to raise and lower the motor to get the height set. Did the Shopsmith have something similar? Did the table on it move up and down somehow?

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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#7 posted 05-27-2013 04:12 PM

You got me thinking Russ. You gave me a good idea! Thanks!!!

I think I could use this Horizontal mortise machine that I built to do some drilling on long boards if I set up a table to hold the work. I can raise and lower this machine to the height needed also.

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#8 posted 05-27-2013 05:03 PM

Good idea for a quick fix.

Tony
That’s a great mortising machine, I built one before I bought my Multi-router but mine looked like it was some thing made by the flint stones compared to yours.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#9 posted 05-27-2013 05:48 PM

Thanks for the compliment Jim! I’m sure the one you built worked well!

Russ,
You could build just the lift part of the mortise machine and mound your electric drill on carriage in place of the router. Just a though!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#10 posted 05-28-2013 05:16 PM

Super!

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