Get the Right Depth Every Time

Here's a low-tech trick to get the right hole depth next time you're drilling.

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Get the Right Depth Every Time

Sure, you can buy depth stops for drilling, but who can find ’em when you need ’em? When you need accurate hole depths for shelf pins, here’s a low-tech trick that’ll give you precise repeatable depths. Just cut a small block of wood as shown and drill a hole right down the center with the diameter bit you’ll be using. You can micro-adjust the depth by sliding the bit in or out of the chuck slightly and then tighten it down once you’ve got it.

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