26 Jan Woodpecker’s Portable Drill Press Jig
Woodpeckers new Auto-Line Drill Guide (ALDG-21, $239.99) is a great way to take a drill press’s capabilities to the jobsite. It keeps a drill bit perfectly perpendicular and the versatile base and fence system makes it easy to locate holes with precision. You don’t have to clamp your drill in the jig – it has a high quality 1/2″ chuck supported by a pair of sealed ball bearings, so you just use the drill to drive an external shaft. That eliminates squaring the jig to get a vertical bit. The shaft end is a standard quick-release (hex) fitting that will fit any cordless or corded drill or impact driver. The chuck carrier holds a pair of Teflon sleeves which ride on two stainless steel columns, keeping the chuck perfectly vertical. One column has a spring to help control the 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 position. It’s nearly impossible to knock the stop out of position when the lock is tightened onto the taper. The base of the Auto-Line has laser engraved centerlines on the perimeter of the opening. Just align the bright white index marks with the witness marks on stock for precise hole location. There’s a vee-groove milled into the base to safely drill round stock. The opening in the base has clearance for drills up to an inch in diameter, but there’s a way to drill up to 2″ holes. The Guide can center holes on the edge of a board up to 3-1/2” wide or thick. The centering pins and an Allen store on board. A set of optional fence guide rod extensions (ALDG-EXT-21, $39.99) adds either 12″ or 24″ to the basic fence capacity of 7″. The Guide is made in Strongsville, Ohio. To take advantage of an introductory $20 discount, place an order by Monday, February 8, 2021. Delivery is scheduled to begin in June 2021. Cards aren’t charged until the order is ready to ship.