|Jig for Angle Drilling
During a recent project, I needed to "toe-screw" several pieces
together -- drive the screws in at an angle, in other words.
Normally, I'd simply
drill pilot holes and drive the screws freehand. But since I had a lot
of screws to drive, I wanted to make sure they were consistent.
My solution was to make
a simple angle-drilling jig (see top drawing). To make the jig, first I
drilled a 3/8"-dia. hole in the edge of a 2x6 about 3 in. from
the end of the board. Then I cut the corner of the board off at a 30°
angle. To create a flat clamping surface, I also cut the "top"
corner of the board.
When you drill the pilot holes, stop the drill bit just shy of going all the way
through the stock. This way it adds a bit more strength. Once you find the perfect
depth to drill, use a stop collar on the drill bit to duplicate each hole (see