Tea light holder, palm boxes and a helpful jig

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Project by Bearpaw posted 12-22-2011 06:45 AM 2412 views 7 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted these items mainly to show the jig I had made to locate and drill the pin hole for a palm box lid.

The jig is made to be clamped to my drill press table’s fence. There are one hole on each side of the jig located 1/4” from the outside edge and from the face edge. This is for drilling 1/2” thick material. The key to it being a lasting jig is to make the support block from hardwood, not plywood. I used oak. By extending the drill in to the hole the jig is automatically located. Position the box flush to the outside edge and tight to the face of the jig and drill.

At one time, I built 40 palm boxes, so I know the value of having a good jig.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 12-22-2011 04:14 PM

Good idea on the jig. Simple, but effective.

The projects look good too. I’d like to see them close up

Thanks for sharing


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#2 posted 01-12-2012 04:40 AM

Great idea, thanks for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 12-03-2012 09:35 AM

I see how you use the jig to drill the holes in the sides, but what do you do to drill the tops? I’m guessing that you insert the tops, with the clearance spacer (doubled piece of sandpaper?), clamp it, and then drill through the sides, using the holes drilled with the jig as guides. Is that correct?

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