Wise Buys: Shelf-Pin Drilling Jigs
Vertical hole spacing: 1"
Horizontal row spacing: variable up to 11"
Standard hole sizes: 7/32", 1/4", 3/8" and 5, 6, 6-3/4 7, 7-1/2, 8, and 9mm
Uses standard brad-point drill bits; no bits included
I know it's a lot to pay for a shelf-pin jig, but the Veritas offers far greater versatility than the plastic-template jigs. It comes with drilling bushings in 10 sizes, giving you more choices for shelf pins than you'll probably ever need. The hardened bushings fit into a small carrier that mounts to the rails and ensures holes drilled square to the wood surface. When I needed to drill more holes inline with those just made, it was easy to align using the two brass indexing pins. This jig's 24"-long guide rails can be located anywhere along the self-clamping perpendicular clamp rods, letting me place pins as near or far from the edges as I wanted. The included rods let me clamp to workpieces up to 12" wide, but I recommend getting at least one set of optional long rods that extend the width capacity to 24" ($14) or 36" ($16).
-- Tested by Kevin Boyle, WOOD Senior Design Editor
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