It can be a challenge to drill a hole through a dowel at top-dead-center. In the past I would eye-ball the top and drill in the wrong place with the hole off to one side of the dowel. Another problem can results from drilling skinny dowels. They can have a tendency to dance around as you lower the drill bit into them. This jig will prevent that too. I plan on keeping a couple of V-block jigs near the drill press in the future. Watch the video and let me know your thoughts. It is incredibly easy to make.
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When I first bought my jointer I was intimidated when it came to removing and resetting the knives. I bought a commercial jig to help with aligning them (Jointer Pal) which really helped. The only problem with using the commercial jig is that you need to find top-dead-center every time you use it. I thought I’d make a couple jigs that eliminate that step. You still need to find top-dead-center when you make the jigs but that could be the last time you ever do.
Setting your jointer knives at the top-dead-center of the cutter head is a critical step and doing this with confidence and accuracy is very achievable with the right tool. I prefer to do this with a dial indicator. Because the cutter head is a cylinder, we can find the highest point on the cylinder with the dial indicator. We can do this faster and more accurately than the more traditional method (sliding stick - see video).
The jigs are easy to make. I didn’t create a SketchUp file but if you have any questions about dimensions please let me know.
I just finished making a twin screw vise and putting it through some preliminary testing; so far I love it! I filmed the entire build and will publish it on Friday (still needs editing).
I’ve never used a twin screw vise until today and I am confident that this thing will be getting some use. I am working on the plans which will include the SketchUp file which will be available for a small fee. The small asking price helps buy supplies for future videos.