|Forum topic by HITMAN||posted 12-11-2012 02:05 AM||5120 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
12-11-2012 02:05 AM
I promised my wife a shelving unit for her craft room for Christmas. Purchased the poplar 3/4 inch furniture grade plywood and had the three sheets each cut into four 11 3/4 inch pieces. Now I need to build the cabinets and drill the holes for the adjustable shelf pins.
There are many shelf pin jigs on the market, however, the reviews are less than great for most of them. Most that I looked at are for self-centering drill bits and you use a drill to make the 1/4 inch or 5mm holes. I saw a video of a guy from Idaho who made is own jig out of HDPE or lexan or some sort of plastic, and then used his plunge router fitted with a 1/2 inch template bushing and a 1/4 inch straight router bit. The video makes the router option look better, and I can immagine that the router hole is more accurate than a drilled hole.
The router idea for drilling the shelf pin holes seems like the better of the two, but I have a 690LR Porter cable router with a fixed base, so I would have to see if Porter Cable makes a plunge base that will fit my router (another $100 or so for a tool I will seldom use). If Porter Cable has the plunge base to fit my 690LR router, I would just have to buy the template bushing and the 1/4 inch straight bit, and then find something smooth and rigid enough to make the jig.
Any thoughts on all this rambling. Gotta pull the trigger on either a store bought jig or plunge router base soon.