|Review by DannyBoy||posted 01-08-2009 07:00 PM||6504 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
I happened across a suggestion for this jig in a modern day Arts and Crafts furniture book. I was surprised that I found an old tool like this suggested there since usually books like that are full of merchandise someone paid to have put in there.
Anyway, I found one on Ebay and paid about $32 with shipping to have it in my hands. Then, I stuck it in a drawer. And it got covered in dust. Then it was shoved to the back of the drawer to make room for some inferior Craftsman screw drivers. Then I almost forgot about it.
Well, last night I finally got up the thought to use it. This is the kind of tool that makes you wonder what the heck happened to American tool makers. The jig is simple to figure out with or without instructions. All of the pieces are very specifically crafted. The guide for the drill bit is generously long. In short, I love this tool!
One piece of advice if you use this: This was meant to be used with hand powered tools. I attempted to use a drill with a Dewault 3/8” bit (which I also like) and it wasn’t pretty. The torque rips the guide tube up and way from the work piece. Luckily, I had a brace and bit with a 3/8” (#6) augur bit. I put that in and it worked perfectly.Pros:
- Heavy duty constructions
- Large clamp space for different sized boards
- Easily aligned markings
- Rules and guages are stamped into the metal
- Not good with power tools (this may be a pro if you are the right person)
- No guide for the adjoining hole
If you are lucky enough to have one of these, then use it. If not, there are a few of them around on ebay and garage sales. Don’t pass this one up!
-- He said wood...http://hickbyassociation.blogspot.com/