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I'm looking for a drill guide, something like

1 tecmobil - mobile drill stand

The reviews on this guide are mixed, and I'd rather just build something. I have a drill press, it's just I want something to give accurate perpendicular holes when the drill press can't be used, such as drilling dog holes in a workbench...which I just botched

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very good...
Versatile Drill Guide - Lee Valley Tools
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For the dog holes, I made a template and used a plunge router. The holes are straight and true.

1 inch holes drilled in the template. A 3/4 inch template bushing for the router. A half inch spiral upcut router bit.

Plunge, go round and round (maybe plunge in two or three passes). The end result should be a 3/4 inch hole. As Ron Paulk explains it, it is good to make the plunge, and then move on to the next one. Come back later and vacuum out the chips and plunge again. ...and he is right. Makes for a clean hole.

To align the template some 3/4 inch holes need to be drilled so you can space the rows evenly. Even though I was very careful drilling my holes for the template, I still managed to get off ever so slightly from one side of the table to the other. Bummer, huh?

Here is an example of the template. I also made a longer one for my new work bench.

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For holes up to 3/8" diameter

https://www.amazon.com/Gator-Tools-S...ll+guide+block

They also make up for holes up to 1/2"

For guides similar to the one shown, you have to evaluate on a case-by-case basis, some are better than others - mostly in the bearing fit to the vertical rods. The best one IMO was the Portalign Drill Guide - out of business for some time, and mine was stolen. I have seen them on E-bay though. I have a couple that I bought as replacement, would have to get back to you tomorrow on which I think is the better.
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yeah, got that one and love it...my dog holes are 3/4", which it doesn't cover

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For the dog holes, I made a template and used a plunge router. The holes are straight and true....
Thanks Mike, that's a great idea!

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[SIZE="2"]General Tools "Precision Drill Guide #36"!

Have used the ol' General #36 for many more years than I care to think about. Has depth stop, works with round stock, will drill angles from 45 to 90 degrees, 3/8" chuck, and has centering pins.

http://www.generaltools.com/precisio...h-3-8-in-chuck

General lists its availability in on-line store, with Home Depot the most economically priced at US$32.00. https://www.generaltools.com/precisi...h-3-8-in-chuck

Garret Wade also has the what appears to be the same for US$49. 00 + shipping and is on backorder until 3/1/17. Look around on the net as I have seen it for a few dollars cheaper.

Portable Drill Guide Jigs: Guide Jig for Portable Drill, Angle Drilling Jig - Garrett Wade
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The best one IMO was the Portalign Drill Guide - out of business for some time, and mine was stolen. I have seen them on E-bay though.
The Portalign does look nice. There is one on e-bay, but I'd like to see it first.

I also have a Big Gator... I'm the definition of spontaneous tool buyer. I guess I should have titled this "Drill Guide for Big Holes" or "Drill Guide for a Hand Drill"

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Ray, I actually was considering the Garrett Wade and General tools. There's a reviewer on GW's site that claims it's the General, but they look different. Thanks for sharing the first-hand knowledge on the General...sounds good.

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FurBoo: my old General #36 does not have the handle that is now shown on the General site.

It has the two locking knobs like the one shown on the Garret Wade site.

Those two are probably the closest to ol' Portalign DrillGuide.

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