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Forum topic by ptofimpact posted 02-25-2013 01:58 PM 1615 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ptofimpact

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02-25-2013 01:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question drill guide

Has anyone used a power drill guide? Have a project requiring a multitude of 1/2 inch Forstner Bit holes to be made or a 90. Do not own, or have access to a Drill Press, and looking at the Wolfcraft, General, and Craftsman drill guides.

-- Pete in NC


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#1 posted 02-25-2013 02:08 PM

For drilling the 3/4” bench dog holes in my new bench top, I laminated up three layers of 3/4” ply and then used the drill press to drill an accurate hole in it. Now I locate the guide over the hole I want and drill it with my hand drill.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#2 posted 02-25-2013 02:33 PM

half inch router bit might make this easy for ya.
Plunge.
Done.
Next.

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#3 posted 02-25-2013 02:42 PM

I must confess I wasted $45 on one of those useless contraptions.
I absolutely despise the damn thing.
I got the one sold by Woodcraft, but they are all essentially the same. There is not a nickels worth of difference in the “Professional” one I got and the $10 version at Harbor Freight.

Drill you a good straight hole through a thick piece of wood, the harder the better, then use it as a guide for drilling your holes.
Better here to use a drill bit with lands up the sides, like a ship auger or a brad point or even a standard twist drill.
A Forstner bit will not be guided by the guide block after it gets about 5/8” into the workpiece.
If you need a flat bottom hole you can always finish the bottom of the hole with a Forstner.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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waho6o9

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#4 posted 02-25-2013 02:57 PM

I use a Wolcraft and like it because it’s portable and easy to use.

It was purchased off of Ebay and while the plastic part is kinda of cheap
it does okay for what it is.

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lumberjoe

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#5 posted 02-25-2013 07:16 PM

Charlie answered you question. Plunge router and a 1/2” bit. Get as deep as you feel comfortable going and finish up the rest with a drill bit. If the stock is small enough you can get a doweling jig pretty cheap as well.

-- https://pinepointwoodworks.wordpress.com/

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ptofimpact

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#6 posted 02-25-2013 07:47 PM

Thank you all for the good information, I do not own a plunge router, so thats out, but never considered a Doweling Jig with a brad point 1/2 bit, be a cheaper option.

-- Pete in NC

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John

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#7 posted 02-26-2013 06:52 PM

Exactly what crank49 / Michael said above. Those guides are totally useless, and a guide hole in a piece of hardwood works great. You can make the guide block hole good and straight with a hand drill if you use a square to make sure it’s perpendicular to the surface as you go.

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