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Forum topic by jtrz posted 06-04-2017 04:53 PM 932 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-04-2017 04:53 PM

I don’t have a drill press and I’m not ready to drop $40 or more for a read drill guide attachment/system so I am wondering if anyone has ever made a drill guide?

I am not trying to drill at an angle just a nice straight 90 degree hole. I intend to use it to drill 3/4 inch holes into
the 1.5” side of a 2×4 for a lumber rack but I suspect it will come in very handy for a lot of projects. It doesn’t need to be dead on accurate I am just looking for a simple design that will get the job done.

Any ideas or examples of ones that you have made would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks


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#1 posted 06-04-2017 05:01 PM

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#2 posted 06-05-2017 03:13 AM

Pawn shops and second hand stores sometimes have portable drill guides; some actually hold a drill (as with the wood one above) and make a drill press.

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#3 posted 06-05-2017 05:54 AM

I drill through a piece of scrap with my drill press then use that as a guide.

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#4 posted 06-05-2017 10:53 AM

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#5 posted 06-05-2017 12:31 PM

You can use a piece of 4×4 about 6” long. Cut a 90º V-notch in one end of it making sure it is 90º to the bottom of the 4×4. Align your bit vertically in the V. Drill until you have a good start into the wood you are drilling. Then remove the V- block and complete the hole. You can use a thinner piece of wood for small bits.

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#6 posted 06-24-2017 01:31 AM

It’s funny how sometimes things just pop up… I just found this Portalign drill guide a couple days ago. It’s a vintage Craftsman from probably around the 60’s or 70’s I’m guessing. Looks to be unused. I had the drill and a 3/8 chuck to use with it. I was planning to use my Irwin 3/4” Speedbor bit to drill some dog holes. Since the drill is not too hefty, might have to go slow.

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#7 posted 06-24-2017 02:12 AM

Jeff, take a scrap of 1X , about 5 inches long. Drill a 1/4 inch hole through the center of it and drive a screw or nail into each end about 2 ” from the center hole. This is a center finder. Place it over the edge of the 2X4 with the hole over you peg mark. Drill a 1/4 ” hole in the 2X. Then go back to each 1/4” hole and drill them out to 3/4 for your pegs.

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#8 posted 06-24-2017 02:36 AM

Interesting that you mention the center finding, if you allow the rods on this drill guide to extend down through the base an inch or so, it will work as a center finder. Plus it can be set to drill angled holes. It will be fun to play around with it and see how it works. It was an extravagant purchase…$3 : )

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#9 posted 06-24-2017 03:23 AM

It looks like it’s all metal too Blaster, good one!

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#10 posted 06-24-2017 08:15 PM

That’s nice Blaster, but Jeff doesn’t have one or the money to buy one, or a drill press. That’s why he asked for ideas on how to do this.

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#11 posted 06-25-2017 02:27 AM

oh I know that. I even posted above giving him a really good suggestion (IMO) on another good method for drilling just using a block of wood to guide it. I wasn’t trying to rub him with this post, just thought it was interesting that I should find one of the jigs mentioned.
Mike


That s nice Blaster, but Jeff doesn t have one or the money to buy one, or a drill press. That s why he asked for ideas on how to do this.

- papadan


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#12 posted 06-28-2017 03:51 PM



I drill through a piece of scrap with my drill press then use that as a guide.

- Rick M


That is the funniest post for a long time :-)

OP needs the guide because he has not drill press.

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#13 posted 06-28-2017 03:53 PM

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