|Project by Wickate||posted 04-03-2014 12:43 AM||1734 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
Hello all. I just wanted to share a jig that I made from referencing a fellow lumberjock’s page here: johnhutchinson
It worked wonderfully and I just wanted to share my version so more people can see this quick and easy way of accomplishing a task. I searched Google a lot before settling on this version and I have to say, it was quick and easy to build and worked perfectly. I used two sheets of 1/2 plywood screwed together to make the “clamp” portion and a sheet of MDF that was longer than the actual jig to allow me to clamp it to my table. I used my table saw to cut the “slot” into the wood – starting very thin at first and widening it a little bit after testing the “clamp” each time to ensure I didn’t go too wide. I used the point made by my 2” forstner bit in the MDF to “aim” the jig by putting a 1/8” inch bit into the chuck and then making sure it centered up with the mark made from the point on the forstner bit (make sure just the very tip makes it into the MDF – you just want a small reference mark here, I drilled out the “clamp” boards separately from the base board to make sure I didn’t go too deep, then joined the boards). Clamped it to the table once that was done and it worked perfectly to drill 5/8” holes at my pre-set depth of 3/8” into 26 two-inch wooden balls to go onto the end of our curtain rods (made from electrical conduit and painted).
Just want to say thank you to John for the post – you made things simple and safe for me.
Here is a SketchUp file should anybody be interested. It’s based on a 2” ball.
Google Drive Link