Build this simple jig for measuring the drill bit depth while using a handheld drill.
Make a simple adjustable fence and a right angle drilling jig to make your drill press work quicker and more accurately. Store them nearby so they are handy when you need them.
Here are seven great ways to make your three most-used power tools more accurate, more versatile and a lot more fun. They include circular saw jigs, drill jigs, and router jigs. Just scroll down the page for all the information.
If you have used a drill press, you already know why I built this handy jig. The tables on drill presses are small, the ribs on the bottom make it tough to clamp to them, they lack a fence, and you usually want to put a piece of scrap wood down, so you don not accidentally drill through your project into the metal table.
When I need to enlarge a hole in a door for a new lockset (say, from 2-1/8 to 2-3/8 inch), I use a shop-made guide and a standard hole saw.
Getting bars and pulls centered perfectly on the front faces of drawers can be a challenge. So to locate and drill the mounting holes quickly and accurately, I made this simple drilling template.
The pocket hole joint is one of the easiest joints to make. This joint is much faster and simpler than dowel joints because you only drill the hole in one of the pieces you need to join. You simply apply some glue, clamp the pieces together, and insert the screw.
I like drilling shelf pin holes in the top, bottom, and both sides of a box so that it can be used vertically or horizontally. But that means aligning and spacing of all those holes becomes fairly critical. After all, you do not want crooked or wobbly shelves. Nothing works better for uniform spacing than a layout jig.
This drilling jig allows for evenly spaced shelf holes, if they have to be drilled with a hand drill in a pre-assembled unit. Only the position of the top holes on each side have to be marked, once they are drilled a pin goes into those holes through the top hole in the stepping block and the next hole is drilled.
Alignment and spacing of the holes is fairly critical since you don not want shelves that sit crooked or wobble. To achieve uniform spacing for the holes, nothing works better than a layout jig.