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How to Make an Angle Jig

Learn how to make a jig that helps drill holes at an angle on the drill press. The jig can be used for making pocket holes or angled holes for chairs.

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jig helps drill holes at an angle on drill press
  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy

Highlights:

Step 1: Drill the Stop Blocks

Start with the legs on the back of the jig. The legs have stop blocks that hold the easel up at different angles (Image 1). Decide what angles the jig should go to, then drill stop blocks in both legs that correspond to those angles (Image 2). The stop blocks need to be in the same location on each leg. Use glue to reinforce the pieces.

Tip: Just remember to go slowly when drilling the holes so that you don't put too much side-loading on the bit.

Step 2: Attach Hinges

Attach hinges to the easel part of the jig. Place the hinges as far apart from each other as possible.

Attach the legs to the hinges. The stop blocks should face down, toward the back of the easel. Make sure to drill pilot holes since you're drilling into end grain.

attach hinges to easel part of jig

Step 3: Cut the Holes

Cut a hole into the base of the jig (Image 1) to fit around the pole of the drill press.

Attach hinges to the base and easel. Drill pilot holes for this step as well.

Last, attach a stop to the front of the easel (Image 2).

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