Better Jig for Shelf-Pin Holes
Here is an improvement on the standard shelf-pin drilling jig. It uses a plunge router with a spiral carbide bit to make clean holes for shelf pins in the sides of cabinets.
Like other jigs for this task, this one is a template that clamps to the workpiece, with a line of evenly spaced holes to locate the router for each cut. This jig’s unique feature is the 1⁄2-in.-wide by 1⁄16-in.-deep groove that runs the length of the jig exactly in line with the holes. The groove captures the bottom of the guide bushing, letting me lift it from one hole and slide the router to the next hole without any fumbling around to find it.
I made the guide from 1⁄2-in. MDF, cutting the groove on each side with a dado cutter on the tablesaw, and then drilling a series of guide holes to fit a…