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Uniform Hole Spacing on a Drill Press

Follow these step-by-step instructions for constructing a jig to ensure evenly-spaced holes when drilling.

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uniform hole spacing on drill press

Step 1: Drill the Block into Place

Drill a 1/2" hole through one side of the smaller piece of hardwood. The hole will hold the 1/2" dowel. On the same side of the small block as the 1/2" hole, drill the block into place on the center of one long edge of the 24" piece of hardwood.

drill block into place on center of hardwood

Step 2: Drill the First Hole into the Work Piece

Before using the jig, drill the first hole in the desired spot on the work piece.

drill first hole into work piece

Step 3: Insert the Dowel

Insert the dowel through the 1/2" hole on the jig and into the first hole drilled on the work piece.

insert the dowel

Step 4: Clamp the Jig into Place on the Drill Press

Measure to find where the second hole should be. Align the drill bit with the spot for the second hole, and clamp the jig into place on the drill press in this position.

align drill bit for second hole and clamp in place

Step 5: Drill the Second Hole

drill the second hole

Step 6: Drill the Third Hole into the Work Piece

To drill the third hole, remove the dowel, and move the work piece down so that the dowel fits inside the second hole. The drill bit will automatically be aligned with the correct spot for the third hole. Continue repeating step 7 to drill as many evenly spaced holes as desired.

drill third hole into work piece