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Forum topic by Donna posted 10-31-2013 04:05 PM 1775 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Donna

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10-31-2013 04:05 PM

Does anyone know if there is a jig or alternative to a drill press for drilling accurate 90 degree holes? I am wanting to install barrel hinges into a jewellery box I am making but I only have a cordless drill

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del1del1

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#1 posted 10-31-2013 04:24 PM

go to a home store or ACE hdwr. and see if you can find bubble level, or if you have a i phone, i pod ect their is a app for a bubble level in their , it would have to be a vert level not horiz. one, or not a bubble lever here is another way get a piece of wood and hold it up from the back of the box so that the drill bit would aligne to the wood now you would have to use 2 pieces of wood fo that the bit would be on both the we will say the left side and the back so that the bit is up streight. in other words like a 45 degree piece up on the back and top of the box, good luck

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Loren

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#2 posted 10-31-2013 04:30 PM

I don’t know how well it works with shorter drills, but if
you put a CD with the hole over the drill location, you
can watch the reflection of the drill shank in the CD.
When the drill and the reflection match up, it is drilling
perpendicular to the CD.

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waho6o9

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#3 posted 10-31-2013 04:35 PM

I use a wolfcraft for quick boring, however, if used for making holes
for barrel hinges like SOS it might not be as effective because
those hinges must be aligned with tight tolerances.

Practice on scrap first and good luck.

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BubingaBill

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#4 posted 10-31-2013 04:36 PM

Hi Donna,
I have one of these so I know they work. It’s a “AccuDrill Drill Guide” and if you google it and go to menards or home depot you should find them for about $45. The name might be slightly different but they all function the same way.
You attach your drill to it and you can even set a depth limiter so you don’t drill through your project. I just picked up a drill press so I don’t need mine any more.
Hardly use for $25 and if you live near Chicago you can pick it up.

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 10-31-2013 04:48 PM

This is about as basic as it gets,with a little modification it could be used to work on barrel hinges.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/90966

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knockknock

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#6 posted 10-31-2013 07:58 PM

Never did a barrel hinge, but I do dowels. I use one of those self centering doweling jigs. If the holes can’t directly be done with the jig. I drill the pattern into a piece of 1” x 1.5” oak using the jig, and then clamp that where I want to drill the holes.

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 10-31-2013 08:36 PM

Waho609 beat me to it. This unit seems to work fine.

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brtech

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#8 posted 10-31-2013 08:36 PM

I recently purchased one of these:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0061FY004/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I like it, a lot. I need to do a review of it. It may be just what you are looking for.

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SCOTSMAN

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#9 posted 10-31-2013 08:45 PM

Just buy a cheap used drill press and make your life easier .Or drill using the lathe, or make a drill stand out of wood or metal for your standard drill ,all of the other options are no longer cheap once you look at how cheaply drill presses go for used and not abused, Alistair

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Grumpy

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#10 posted 10-31-2013 10:06 PM

Donna, there’s no need to spend a lot of money.
This simple jig is made up of two pieces of wood joined a right angles. Make more than on at different heights to suit different drill lengths. line the drill bit up with the corner and you have a vertical alignment every time.
Easy to make and works.
.

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theoldfart

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#11 posted 10-31-2013 10:45 PM

Donna, I’m a handtool worker but this may help you:

It’s a Stanley #60. There is also a #59. They come with inserts to fit multiple drill sizes, the 60 having more of them. It has markings to help center the guide and works exceedingly well. Hope this helps.

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poopiekat

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#12 posted 10-31-2013 10:59 PM

Hey, this is only my opinion here…
you don’t need a drill press in your shop, if you’re trying to achieve accuracy when drilling hinge holes.

You need these:

(From Google images)
These are known as “Vix” bits, and there are other brands out there as well. A pilot nests into the chamfered hole of the hinge, guiding the drill bit exactly into dead center of the holes of your hinge leaf.

You’ll be able to achieve perfectly centered holes for your hinges this way. They work fine with cordless drills.

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MarkwithaK

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#13 posted 10-31-2013 11:44 PM

Big fan of the Vix bit….but not sure how they can help with barrel hinges?

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poopiekat

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#14 posted 11-01-2013 12:29 AM

@Mark: Yup, you got me there…. And I don’t even put straws up my nose!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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MarkwithaK

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#15 posted 11-01-2013 12:35 AM

No worries. Thought maybe there was some obscure technique for this and I would learn something new.

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