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Drill Guide Kit
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Does great job if you don't have to be too precise. Allows some wiggle but not much. I'm pleased with it for what I neededPublished 6 months ago by COBabb
I could not drill a straight hole using a 1/2" bit, even with the guide clamped firmly. It worked better to drill a pilot hole with a 1/4" bit and follow with the 1/2".Published 10 months ago by Parby Grylam
eh, not really very good without some work. I had to wrap the inserts with tape until they fit snug in the plastic housing, but even the plastic housing doesn't have a flat bottom... Read morePublished 11 months ago by baalzimon
Really excellent. Used on railing to run (6) wires through 13 4 x 4 posts. Spot on, easy to use and fast.Published 16 months ago by Dave Stromquist
Installing two prong handles on about 50 cabinet doors and drawers. The Rockler Drill Guide works very well for drilling holes that are perpendicular to the wood surface and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by John
Works well. A lot smaller in person than it looks in the picture. But, does the job. If you put the inserts in upside down it does give you some space to potentially use a... Read morePublished 20 months ago by T. Corey
The tool works as designed but i will need to make some adapters for different size bits. I also need to figure out how to clamp it while drilling.Published 21 months ago by William R. Richardson