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Drill Guide Kit

by Rockler
3.3 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
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Price: $15.99 + $5.99 shipping
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Product Description

Drill straight and true holes every time with the Drill Guide Kit. The drill guide kit allows you to insert a steel bushing into the plastic guide so you can drill perfectly perpendicular holes. An ingenious design also centers your drill bit on edges. The drill guide kit also works to drill holes on spheres and cylinders.Includes 6 bushings to guide 3/16, 1/4, 5/16, 3/8, 7/16 and 1/2" bits.

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ASIN B001DSZZIU
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3.3 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #242,610 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#89 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tool Parts & Accessories > Power Drill Parts & Accessories > Drill Bit Extensions
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Date First Available June 22, 2008

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This product worked great. I used it to drill 90 deg holes through the 4x6 post from which swings hang for a swingset.

1. Strike center punch with hammer where you want the hole.
2. Drop platic guide over center punch.
3. Drop in metal guide that fits center punch.
4. Clamp down.
5. Remove center punch and drop in metal guide that fits drill bit.
6. Drill.

One downside was that there is no place for the wood shavings to go so you have to pull the drill and metal guide all the way out which was a little awkward, but not bad.
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I found this guide to be most helpful while drilling holes for kitchen cabinet pulls. My concern was that the holes be perpendicular to the door frames...this little guide worked like a charm....all 16 doors have perfectly placed pulls as a result.
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I just started using the drill guide today. I have a large number of cabinet doors and drawers that lack pulls, and I don't trust my eye to get the holes vertical. Making the job more difficult is the fact that the doors are hollow core.

So I laid out the hole pattern, used the punch, then followed the instructions for aligning the tool over the punch marks. Clamped it down, removed the punch, and drilled. To my horror, the drilled holes weren't round. It looked as if the drill had walked. Brand new drill, too. But beyond that, how could it move?

I dug out some deep throat clamps so I could clamp the guide down on opposite sides. I drilled again, and the holes were rounder, although not quite as round as I could achieve by hand. But when I inserted the 3/16" punch through both sides of the door (3/16" holes), it didn't stand perpendicular to the surface of the door. I then clamped the guide to a 2X4 to ensure round holes, drilled, then measured the angle, which was off from the vertical by 2.5 degrees. That doesn't sound like much, but it's certainly noticeable. More tests got the same results.

There is some play between the plastic part of the guide and the metal inserts, and maybe that's the problem. But the whole idea of the tool is to provide holes that are perpendicular to the surface, so no matter what the problem is, the tool fails. I still have all the doors and drawers to do, so I ordered a small drill press from Harbor Freight. With a 20% off coupon, it was only three times as much as this little gadget.

Update: After giving the tool more thought, I have to take one star away for stupid design. The inserts aren't the same diameter all the way down, but are reduced diameter for about 60% of the length.
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With the glut of over-priced fancy doweling-jigs on the market, this simple gadget is a breath of fresh air.
It is not a substitute for a drill press, but it does work for most portable-drilling applications. It's lightweight, cheap, small and it does what it's supposed to. Without a well-adjusted drill press, we'd be hard-pressed to make anything this accurate for this cost. It is a good deal.
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Having needed a jig like this for past projects, I went ahead and bought this from Rockler through Amazon (along with a couple of other Rockler products to save on shipping). I have since used it to make my wife's Christmas gift (last) which is a holder for all of her spools of thread. The specific use was in placing 116 3/16" steel pins in a board cut to the shape of a large spool of thread.

Overall, it worked for the purpose which was to get each pin as straight as possible. I did find some play in the jig so I had to be careful to use the play to my benefit (pin angled ever so slightly up) but it was certainly WAY better than if I had tried to do it by hand. For the price, I'd say it can't be beat. The plastic guide is also jut the thing for making holes in dowel rods or at the corner of piece of wood.

I gave the tool 4 stars only for the bit of play, but again I'd say it's certainly worth the money.
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Plastic sleeve is much too loose for the guide bushings, you can get well off center with this thing. Not suitable if you need a precisely located straight hole.
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By Raul on July 27, 2013
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I was able to drill straighter, but it is not a precision tool. I had to drill through a 6X6 timbers for strap anchors. I could not get the alignment just right.
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------UPDATE------
Wonderful idea from user:philosophiser in a comment to this review!

Apparently he wrapped a small amount of teflon tape around the insert to solve the tolerance problem between the insert and the housing.

I'm still concerned that there might be too much tolerance between the insert (inner diameter) and the drill bit itself, but this is certainly a worthwhile suggestion!

------ORIGINAL REVIEW------
Great idea, and could easily have been made with tighter tolerances that would have solved the problem, but even the small amounts of give in the inserts and holding collar result in an inaccurate hole being drilled.

It *is* better than just winging it, or just trying to use something like the built-in led that might be on your drill, but don't expect it to be all that great.
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