Shelf pin drilling jig

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Project by Routerisstillmyname posted 03-10-2013 09:01 PM 4729 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a 1/4 and 9/32 inch shelf pin drilling template but the available commercial jigs didn’t have the specs I require for the shelf building job at hand. So I decided to make my own custom template.

This one is made with the usual favorite 3/8 thick Lexan I always keep on hand and it has 4 rows spaced at 3/8 –1/2 -1 and 1-1/4 inch from edge and 4 additional spacing if I flip it around. Hole spacing is 1 –1/4 on center.

Bushings accommodate 1/4 drill for 1/4 inch shelf pins and when removed I can use 9/32 drill for sleeves.
This jig can be used on jobs that have tight spacing from corner.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#1 posted 03-10-2013 09:54 PM

Looks good. I just used peg board for years but this is much better.


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#2 posted 03-10-2013 10:02 PM

THX A1. Peg Board works ok. But I needed the 3/8 spacing for a project I’m working on and this gave me an excuse to make one of these. been meaning to for years. also 3/8 thickness is somewhat more suitable for guiding the drill bit.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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Don Tikander

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#3 posted 03-13-2013 07:15 PM

What did you use for the bushing???

-- Wood glue residue doesn't take a stain well.

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#4 posted 03-13-2013 08:47 PM

9/32 sleeves that get used for shelf supports.inside is 1/4 same as self supports pins.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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