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A cousin wanted me to build her a stand for her washer/dryer. The exhaust for the dryer is on the side wall next to the washer which means they have to be pulled away from the wall to allow room for the hose. We figured we could move them back some if the hose went under the washer instead. Plus she needed a surface to iron on.

Not wanting to get too fancy I decided that 5/8" melamine coated particle board would be the best material. One of the issues with putting in a center divider was how to attach. I decided that dowels would be the easiest so I made a drilling jig to make the holes in the shelf and divider. The drill bushings that Lee Valley sells makes this job easy. Bushings and Inserts - Lee Valley Tools Just looking at the picture in their description gives a pretty good idea how to use them.

The jig is very simple. I marked the spacing on a scrap of ply I had and drilled them on the drill press. How accurate the spacing between the holes was immaterial as the same spacing gets transferred to each piece. The bushing inserts are 5/8", same as the particle board, so the easiest in this case was to drill the holes so that the bushings touched the edge of the plywood. That way when I drilled the holes in the middle of the shelf all I had to do was line the bushings up with the marked line for the center divider. For drilling the edge of the divider panel I added a screw on edge guide. There is a hook on the end of the jig to get the spacing of front to back right on both the shelf and the divider.

As you can see from the one pic the holes are exactly spaced for the dowels. This is as accurate as any jig you can buy and only took me a few minutes to make. Of course the bushings and inserts are reusable. The wooden part goes to the burn pile when I'm done.
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that jig is well thought out and executed...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Thank you.

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Nice...and it aligns with the same face so no concerns with different size pieces...

Don't ya just love it when a plan comes together...?

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Well done. As they say, "necessity is the mother of invention".
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