For one of my projects I needed to drill perpendicular holes, to do this I would have liked to have a drill-press but since I didn’t have one I made this drill jig.
I didn’t have an idea on how to make something so that I could drill paralel holes so I searched for solutions that others came up with. In my search I found the video linked below from the Krafty Beard. It looked simple enough to make and I have the materials required to build it so I gave it a go! I just followed his video and it worked out perfect.
The build is as simple as drawing the shape of an angled piece of metal on some wood and cutting the shape out. Once it’s cut you attach the bracket to the wood, that’s it. The metal bracket supports the drill to the correct angle. All other steps to finetune the look are pretty much optional.
Although the build is very simple it’s very effective. I’ve used this jig several times now and all with good results. A nice extra tool to have around when you don’t have a drill-press.
My angled bracket and therefor the jig is a bit to high. If could make a change it would be to shorten it (like the one from the Krafty Beard). Now my drill hits the jig before it can drill all the way through so I have to finish the hole without the jig. It’s not a major issue but it’s not ideal.
Krafty Beard YouTube Channel
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Simple and fairly precise, good enough for your every day project, and have something similar which was made from a 3/4″ thick piece of aluminum in the shape of an ‘L’ , 3″ x 1″ wide which was made to check the square of an item at work about 50 years ago and over the years have found several other applications for which to use it.