Wise Buys: Shelf-Pin Drilling Jigs
Peachtree DrillRite #853
Vertical hole spacing: 1-1/4"
Horizontal row spacing: 1-1/2" & 2-1/2" from fence
Standard hole size/included bit: 1/4"
Optional bits: 5mm
I found this no-fuss jig easy to understand and use. Its wood fence squares easily to the two rows of guide holes, should it ever get out of alignment. To use it, simply clamp the jig against the workpiece edge lined up with your layout marks, and then drill as many as you need. To drill more in that same line, reposition the jig so the last hole drilled lines up with the 1/4" or 5mm indexing hole, and insert a shelf pin. Then drill more holes and repeat as needed. This jig's self-centering bit cleared chips better than its competitors thanks to a larger cutout on both sides of its body.
-- Tested by Steve Feeney, a woodworker with 25 years experience
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