I have to put hooks in wooden round pole. 1 1/4" diameter. I want the
hooks to be at regular intervals. (no problem there) But I want the holes
to be on the same plane, to be in a straight line, not woven around like a
I had thought of screwing the pole to a flat 1 by something and then running
it through the drill press.
That's where I learned that trick, too. Make sure you use a square part
of the jamb, not the moulding. Unless you have a helper, use some
masking tape to keep the rod from rolling around while you draw the
line. Oh, and avoid doorjambs with dings--the ding will almost
certainly be where you want to drill a hole. Sharpen your pencil, or
use a knife. If you have a really fat rod, find something else to use,
like the underside of a kitchen counter; it's hard to get the pencil
where you want it if the rod diameter is too large relative to the
depth of the jamb. DAMHIKT.
Mark them out, then drill them.
Mark them (easy) with a piece of L section angle iron as a guide.
Before drilling them, make a cross-hole drilling jig. Plywood base,
thick vertical board. Put a close-fitting hole for the rod into the
vertical, and put a drill guide hole (maybe a guide bush, if you're
doing a lot) vertically onto the exact centre.
Support the free end exactly level too.
Die Gotterspammerung - Junkmail of the Gods
Make two "V" blocks to hold the pole. Fasten the V blocks about 12" apart on
a 1x base that is wide enough to make it stable while holding the pole. Now
lay the pole on the bench (or other flat surface) clamp it so it doesn't
roll and lay a pencil down on the bench (flat) and scribe a line the length
of the pole to use as a guide.
Now put the pole in the V blocks, mark the spacing you want between the
holes and drill away. If you want you can line the V's with some double-back
tape pieces to help keep the pole from rotating while you're drilling but I
don't really think that or any clamping is necessarrry unless this is a very
Chuck up a 1 1/2 inch boring bit. Drill through a 3/4 inch block of
wood. Cut the hole in half on the table saw and a parallel line 1 inch
opposite. Drill a hole at 90 degress for running your bit through.
ASCII art to follow:
Perpendicular drill-hole (Put your pencil / drill bit
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180 degrees of the 1 1/2 inch bit
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