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Belg1960

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960 days ago

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I’m looking at buying a jig and center drilling bit for this but don’t know what is more popular in the states. I would think 1/4” but I’ve been fooled before.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!


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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 960 days ago

Lots of folks, me included, make a jig from perforated hard board…peg board….And, 1/4” is pretty standard.
Another jig can be made from plywood with holes cut in to accommodate a router collar and a 1/4” spiral bit. That jig may take a little time to build, but man, is it fast, clean and accurate.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 960 days ago

1/4” holes and pins are easier for me to deal with. 5mm is the other size commonly used. The problem with the 5mm is finding a 5mm bit that doesn’t require a 3/8” chuck for the router. I like the ease of the self centering drill bit method.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#3 posted 960 days ago

I prefer the 1/4” but both pin sizes seem to be easy to find at the hardware stores. If you are thinking of buying a jig, I got the Woodpeckers’ shelf pin template jig and really like it. After battling through home made jigs (peg board) and a cheap plexiglass one from Eagle and getting holes out of alignment, this one is real easy to use, accurate, heavy duty, accommodates drill or router, and set up for both 5mm and 1/4”. The only draw back is that it is set up for a max depth of 2-1//2 inches from the edge of the board.

-- Jim, SE Tennessee, "Don't spare the kindling Dear, we have plenty"

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#4 posted 960 days ago

I have the Rockler 1/4” jig and it works great.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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#5 posted 958 days ago

I also have the 1/4” jig from Rockler. Does a great job every time. I wrote a review of this a while back: http://www.wwgoa.com/articles/product-reviews/jig-it-shelf-jig-from-rockler/

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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