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Posted on How do you make plumb vertical holes, i.e. dog holes in a 4" thick bench top?

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#1 posted 04-21-2011 02:40 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions.

I have one of the $50 drill guides, I’ll give it to anyone who wants to pay the shipping. Every time I try to use it I get more angry that I paid that price for such a POS. Should help to screw it down to a board. Maybe I’ll try that before I give it away; or pitch it in the creek.

I found forstner bits wander too much in a handheld drill. The double land, brad point “Colt” bits at Woodcraft are the best I have tried so far. It goes exactly where you point it; no wandering off. Now if I could only I could point it in a true vertical line. The tripod drill looks like a fine idea.

Horizontalmike, that guide block drilled in the drill press is how I have done most of the holes I have done so far, but I was using a piece of very old yellow pine heart wood as guide material; too soft, but made the shop smell real good.. Maybe I’ll get some hardwood and try again.

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