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Posted on Need a home made shelf drill jig plan/or instructions how to make it

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#1 posted 07-27-2010 03:49 AM

I made one a while ago out of 1/2” plywood. Instead of a drill or drill press, I use a plunge router with a bushing. I drilled equidistant 5/8” holes along a line in the 1/2” plywood. I then install a router bushing in the router that fits snuggly in the hole. I then use a 1/4” spiral bit in the router and set the depth appropriately. Then it is just a matter of clamping the jig to the work piece, drop the bushing into a hole in the jig and plunge, move to the next hole and repeat. It works very quickly and efficiently. I go the idea from an episode of New Yankee Workshop. I like this better than a drill because I am much less likely to drill it off perpendicular. The only downside is the limitation to the 1/4” sized shelf pin hardware, but in my area, it is commonly available.

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

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