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    Default Rockler Portable Drill Guide

    Hi all.

    Just starting out in woodworking and for my bench project I need to drill some angled and straight holes. A drill press is somewhere in the distant future provided money and a workshop space make an appearance. In the meantime I'm considering one of these which I think I'll have to buy from the US as I can't find it here.

    Rockler Portable Drill Guide - Rockler

    I'm a fan of quality gear, reasonably priced and this seems to fit the bill...says the novice.

    Thoughts, comments, alternatives welcome.

    Cheers.

    Mark

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    Welcome to the forum Mark.
    Have a look on Timbecon's site for a Milescraft version.
    Melbourne and Perth a bit closer than the US.
    BTW I have one and quite like it.
    Cheers
    Keith

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    I forgot to mention that if you make a frame to hold it you can also use it for horizontal drilling.
    I have and it works well.

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    Thanks Keith.

    I had looked at the Milescraft guide but one thing I didn't like was the fixed drill angles. The Rockler guide can be set to an angle up to 60 deg.

    Cheers.

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    If you’re buying that as a drill press replacement, by the time you’ve shipped it from the US you’ll have spent as much as just buying a small drill press.

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    Default Variable drilling guide.

    The Adjustable Angle Drill Guide Electric Drill Guide Support Positioning | eBay

    This one on ebay is a cheapie might suit your purpose.
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    Thanks for that. Looks a lot like the Carbatec guide, which I've ordered as Rockler wouldn't respond to my enquiry.

    Quote Originally Posted by John Saxton View Post
    The Adjustable Angle Drill Guide Electric Drill Guide Support Positioning | eBay

    This one on ebay is a cheapie might suit your purpose.

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    I'm not sure if General Tools (also USA) is still making their version, and their website's not behaving tonight; but you might check (https://generaltools.com. I've got one, and it's a pretty decent tool.

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    These little drill seem quite mighty.

    I've been thinking of investing in one for a bit....

    Bosch Bench Drill PBD 40 (710 Watt, Parallel Guide and Clamp

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    Here is a video I saw only today on it being used on a flat surface: I upgraded my workbench and added bench dog holes. Details in comments! : woodworking

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodPixel View Post
    These little drill seem quite mighty.

    I've been thinking of investing in one for a bit....

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    71lyni+4x0L._AC_SL1500_.jpg

    Here is a video I saw only today on it being used on a flat surface: I upgraded my workbench and added bench dog holes. Details in comments! : woodworking
    I got one of these last year. Amazon had a deal going

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    That’s on my medium term shopping list - just waiting for the right special to coincide with a solvent patch in my finances.

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