Bore vertical holes with scrap stock jig
Here's a quick-fix jig that will come in handy the next time you need to bore a vertical hole in the end of a long workpiece. To make the clamp block, laminate two 2x4s, one 9" long and the other 17" long, as shown in the drawing below. Then, joint the sides that face the workpiece and the drill-press table to achieve a perfect 90-degree angle. Next, joint the edges and faces of the 11⁄2 x2x10" fence to perfect 90° angles. Use a framing square to align the two pieces at 90°. Then, fasten the fence to the clamp block with glue and four #8x21⁄2 " flathead wood screws, and adhere a piece of 150-grit sandpaper to the clamp block as shown. Now, clamp the jig to the drill-press table, clamp the workpiece to the jig, and you're ready to bore your hole.
—Judy Coffey, Elk Grove, Calif.