Australian Woodsmith 16th October 2019

End-Drilling Router Jig

For a project I was building, I had to drill a centred hole in the end of several 12mm dowels. To keep all of the holes consistently centred, I made this simple jig for my plunge router.

MAKE THE JIG. The body of the jig is just four pieces of plywood glued together with a base made a little larger to act as a clamping surface. The holes in the centre of the jig are sized to accommodate the dowel and a router bushing, as shown above.

USE THE JIG. Start by clamping the dowel in a vice. Place the jig over the end of the dowel until it stops. With a bushing attached to the router, plunge a spiral bit into the end of the dowel to drill a centred hole.

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