Big Gator Tools’ drill guides are simple and highly effective accessories for drilling straight holes with a handheld drill. You can use it with corded or cordless drills, or even manual hand drills.
There are a couple of different ways you can go about drilling nice and straight holts. You could use a drill press, drill bushings and a commercial or DIY jig, a portable drill guide accessory, or a simple drill guide.
Big Gator Tools drill guides should be clamped to your workpiece for easy and safer use. They can work on flat surfaces, and V-grooves on the bottom help the guides secure to cylindrical materials or corner edges.
To better position the guide on flat-surface materials, I will sometimes use a center punch to mark the center of a hole, and then a drill bit or transfer punch to center the guide hole I’ll be using over the marked hole location. Once everything is aligned I’ll then clamp the guide to the work. Sometimes, when a hole doesn’t have to be exactly placed, I’ll eyeball it.
There are convenient markings on the bottom edge of the drill guides that help align it to markings on round round stock.
What I like second-most about these drill guides is that they’re compact and highly portable. The best aspect is of course how easy and effective they are to use.
Big Gator Tools makes all of their drill guides in the USA. They also offer tap guides. Their tap and drill guides are available in inch and metric sizes.
Big Gator Tools Drill and Tap Guide Sizes
- Standard inch drill guide: 1/8″ to 3/8″ in 1/64″ increments
- Large inch drill guide: 3/8″ to 1/2″ in 1/64″ increments
- Metric drill guide: 3 to 9.5 mm in 0.5 mm increments plus 3.3, 4.2, 6.8 mm
- Inch tap guide: #0 to 5/8″ (9 holes)
- Metric tap guide: 1.6 to 16 mm (9 holes)
- UNC: 6-32 thru 9/16-12
- UNF: : 8-36 thru 5/8-18
The drill guides start at $25 each.