31 Dec The Auto-Line Drill Guide™ from Woodpeckers
There are those among us who can pick up a drill, place it on a workpiece and drill a straight hole. Then, there are the remaining 99.9% of us. This new tool keeps a drill bit perfectly perpendicular, and it has a versatile base and fence system.
The Auto-Line Drill Guide has a high quality 1/2″ chuck supported by a pair of sealed ball bearings. The shaft end is a standard quick-release fitting that will fit any cordless or corded drill. The chuck carrier holds a pair of Teflon sleeves that ride on two stainless steel columns. One column has a spring to help control a cut, and the other has an adjustable stop collar. The stop collar column has a taper milled into it, so the stop needs only fingertip pressure to hold its position. The base of the Auto-Line has laser engraved center-lines on the perimeter of the opening for precise hole location. There’s a V-groove milled into the base for round stock and the opening in the base has clearance for drills up to 3/4″ diameter. For holes larger than 3/4″, remove the column caps, turn the chuck carrier around so it is outside the base, and drill holes up to 2″ diameter.
When holes need to be centered on a board, one can mount the centering pins in the base and rotate the tool until one pin is tight against each side of stock up to 3-1/8″ wide. The centering pins are stored on the top of the base and there’s an Allen wrench machined into the bottom of the column caps for installing them.
The drill guide’s fence adjusts to the base along a pair of stainless-steel guide rods. The fence can slide under the base for working close to an edge or turn it around for maximum distance. On a narrow edge, one can position the fence so that its broad face provides extra support. And when it’s not needed as a guide, the fence’s thin edge can work as an outrigger to improve stability. The base is drilled and tapped for the fence guide rods on all four edges so there’s always a direction to extend the fence. A set of optional fence guide rod extensions adds either 12″ or 24″ to the basic fence capacity of 7″.
The Auto-Line Drill Guide is made in Strongsville, Ohio (just south of Cleveland), and is on sale until 2/1/2022.