Woodworkers around the world have embraced the idea of a work surface milled with a gridwork of holes. Dozens of companies (large and small) produce devices that fit into the grid to hold your work. The milled work surface itself is available from several companies, often as part of a workbench or work table. Now, with Woodpeckers Hole Boring Jig, you can make your own gridwork top, right in your shop, for a fraction of the cost of a ready-made top. Whether you’re building a custom work table or replacing the top on something like a Festool MFT, you can mill the top with near-CNC accuracy with nothing fancier than a good router and a sharp bit.
Woodpeckers Hole Boring Jig is a 3/8" thick solid phenolic, CNC-machined template. Index pins placed against the corner of your table position the template for the first group of holes. Then, you’ll use the already-milled holes to index across the rest of the table surface. All you need is a router that accepts Porter-Cable style guide bushings and a 1/2" straight router bit (up-cut spiral bits are best).
Two standards have developed for these table tops. Festool and several other European-based companies use 20mm holes. Veritas and several others use 3/4" holes. Woodpeckers has you covered no matter which standard you use. You can get the Hole Boring Jig with the right guide bushings and index pins to cut either 20mm or 3/4" holes. Or, if you’re like most North American woodworkers and have “some of this and some of that,” get the complete kit which has the guide bushings and index pins for both sizes.
For less than the price of one replacement top for a Festool MFT, you can get the jig, make your own replacement top and then start adding gridwork tops for the other work surfaces in your shop. With an array of clamps and end-stops there’s no limit to the workholding arrangements you can set up on a gridwork table.
This former OneTIME Tool® now joins Woodpeckers permanent product line-up, along with a large and growing family of products designed to help you get the most out of your Festool power tools and tables. All Woodpeckers products are precisely machined and carefully inspected in their Strongsville, Ohio factory, just south of Cleveland.