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Drilling guide keeps drill bit square to the workpiece

Drilling guide keeps drill bit square to the workpiece

Fences align jig to workpiece

Attach sandpaper to fences to keep the jig from slipping

Fences align jig to workpiece

Attach sandpaper to fences to keep the jig from slipping

Pipe Clamp Pads

Doweling Jig

Drilling centered, consistent holes is crucial for dowel joints. While you can purchase a doweling jig, I made my own (photo at right).

The drilling guide is just a piece of hardwood with a few centered holes that match common dowel sizes. A pair of V2"-thick fences are attached to a pair of pivoting spacers.

To use the jig, slip it over the end or edge of a work-piece. Then pivot the spacers until the fences are flat against the workpiece. A few strips of self-adhesive sandpaper keeps the jig from slipping.

Jared Huber Appleton, Wisconsin

Pipe clamps are a great way to assemble a project. The problem is the jaws can damage the wood. So I came up with a simple solution — wood pads that fit over the jaws of my pipe clamps and protect the project (see photo).

The wood pads slide over the 3/4" pipe, remain in place at all times, and can serve as clamp stands when needed .

The 3/4"-thick pads start out as 2" x 31/4" blocks. To allow the pipe to pass through the block, I drilled a 11/8"-dia. hole at one end.

After rounding off the sharp edges at the hole end, all that's left is to slide the pads in place and you're ready to go to work.

Vince Franzik Chesapeake, Virginia

Clamp pads are made from W-thick hardwood

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