Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mortising with a Drilling Jig

So, I repaired something for a friend a long time ago and now, everybody he knows is sending repairs my way.  Eh, sometimes they are amusing, like this one.  And these guys pay nicely :)

Why a video on doing a simple door repair?  Because this one had a catch and the solution was a drilling jig.  I happen to use a Bridge City Toolworks DJ-1, but any decent drilling jig would do this trick.  While you may never repair a door like this, I think the technique is something worth remembering for a day when you're 'stuck'.  I got good at these cuz I get stuck a lot :)


  • James Scott Morrin said...

    Hi Paul.

    Nice video. Thank you for using yet another BCTW tool that I desire...although I know they are on the 2nd generation of the drilling jig.

    When you were at Eagle Tool looking at Inca machines - did you happen to notice the side mortise drilling attachment? The door would have gotten in the way on this project but same concept.

    You Liogier video led me to get some Iwasaki files Coincidentally, I needed to work on some teak and wanted to try a rasp but am a tool snob and won't settle for anything less than the French hand-made ones. If you haven't tried Iwasaki, I would be really interested in your opinion. It's an incredible tool.



  • HalfInchShy said...

    Thanks, James...

    The only difference between the DJ-1 and DJ-2 is that the -2 is made to more easily remove the side fences allowing edge use or off-center use. Otherwise, pretty close to the same tools (more versatile; it does more than the -1)

    I didn't look at the Inca's that closely; I think this scale of project is one where taking the tool to the wood is easier than wood to the tool.

    I have a full range of Iwasaki files; love them! They usually touch the project after the Liogier's if there was a significant amount of shaping since they leave the stock very nearly finish-ready. On the Michael Fortune table I made in his class recently, the inside cove on the legs was entirely done with the Iwasaki files. Even Michael was impressed... was much faster than using the custom scraper, though that was usefult o make sure I hit the right curve.

    In this blog posting about my file storage board, you can see the pile of Iwasakis: http://www.halfinchshy.com/2012/07/place-for-my-files.html

    Shaping is a lot of fun...