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Big Gator V-Drill Guide - Standard

The Big Gator V-Drill Guide is made from special nickel-alloyed steel that is heat treated for durability like drill bushings.
Item #
49531
Rating:
98% of 100

The next best thing to having a drill press in your pocket, the Big Gator V-Drill Guide ensures perfectly straight, perpendicular drill holes in round stock, flat stock, and even directly into corners-all with just a hand drill. The precisely milled V-groove in the bottom of the drill guide centers the holes on pipes, dowels, and outside corners, while the flats allow 90° drilling into flat surfaces-just clamp and drill. 17 standard imperial drill sizes match those in a standard 3/8" drill index-everything from 1/8" to 3/8" in 1/64" increments. Also available for metric sizes (#45597, sold separately).


Features:
  • The Big Gator V-Drill Guide is made from special nickel-alloyed steel that is heat treated for durability like drill bushings
  • V-groove along the bottom of the guide allows for perpendicular alignment with all drill sizes on round parts or corners
  • Bottom surface is precision ground to ensure stability and accurate perpendicular alignment on flat surfaces
  • Round stock hole alignment marks on one side
  • Prevents drill bit wander
  • Prevents drill from drifting off center on round materials
(1) Imperial Standard Big Gator V-Drill Guide
More Information
Brand Big Gator Tools
Manufacturer Part Number STD1000DGNP-C
Weight 0.6000
4.9 / 5.0
86 Reviews
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V Drill Guide
Very nice for precise perpendicular drilling without a drill press.
June 3, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Drill guage.
I use this all the time, good tool to have around.
May 31, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Easy way to keep a drill perpendicular to a surface
Works are advertised. Used it to drill holes on drawer and door pulls. Gives that extra piece of mind the holes are properly drilled without too much extra fussing. Have not tried on tubing but should work well on that as well because of the V groove
April 9, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Nice to have ? ? ?
Should have had this years a go, did not know about it. Have used it a number of times already. Worthwhile investment !!
March 26, 2020
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Definitely recommend.
March 17, 2020
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Big Gator V-Drill Guide - Standard
Used the drill guide to drill holes for some pantry shelves. Worked very well.
March 4, 2020
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Use before drill press
When drilling smaller holes in wood. Using a drill press, the grain pushes the drill bit off line. Using this tool first, keeps the drill from bending. Forces the holes to start straight down through the grain. I prefer using this drill guide when drilling wood.
March 3, 2020
Purchased
4 months ago
This is GREAT when drilling W/A HAND HELD Drill.
February 13, 2020
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Small and works well
Definitely helps drill straighter holes. I haven’t used it on round objects yet though
October 16, 2019
Purchased
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Perfect Tool
I need to drill some holes in some 4"x5" metal plates for my glass flowers. This tool is perfect to keep the holes the right size and in the right spot. It's a lot cheaper than buying a drill press to make those holes. I also like that it is portable, so easy to take to my son's house when we work together.
September 19, 2019
Purchased
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Didn't expect the $5.00 price increase from the catalog.
Tosh Mihara A on May 10, 2020
This tool gets good reviews, less expense then other methods.
David T on Apr 11, 2020
Didn't expect the $5.00 price increase from the catalog.
Tosh Mihara A on May 10, 2020
Help find and maintain drilling true centers on long cylindrical objects
Jeffrey M on Apr 18, 2020
This tool gets good reviews, less expense then other methods.
David T on Apr 11, 2020
I can't judge very well when drilling free hand
CHUCK R on Apr 9, 2020
I like adding wood together with dowels. This will help me drill straight holes
Mary E W on Feb 25, 2020
need it for a project
Tony on Feb 24, 2020
General Shop use.
Everett M on Jan 25, 2020
To drill holes in round stock, straight through the center.
William H on Jan 20, 2020
Had a coupon which made it a good price
D A on Dec 22, 2019
drill straight holes without drill press
Ralph J on Dec 11, 2019
Can't afford a drill press.
Thomas C on Nov 5, 2019
This tool solves a difficult problem: Drilling straight holes in edge stock.
Robert V on Oct 21, 2019
Its what I wanted
Jim D on Oct 14, 2019
gift request
Aileen M on Sep 25, 2019
Easy to use
STEPHEN V on Sep 13, 2019
To drill deep holes in alignment.
Vince G on Jul 13, 2019
I hope this is as good as everyone says! I can sure use some help with drilling straight holes!
Beverly K on Jul 6, 2019
I don't have a drill press but need to make perpendicular holes.
Matthew S on Jun 21, 2019
To help me making the holes straight.
Ernesto V on Jun 12, 2019
need to drill lots of holes in board edges and can't use the drill press
Brian Saxe C on Jun 12, 2019
I want to see if it works. Portable drill press sounds like a cool idea.
Justin K on May 21, 2019
good reviews - a tool when needed is invaluable
Louis S on May 6, 2019
Nice idea
Ed on Apr 7, 2019
This will allow me to drill closer to the edges than the upright drill guide which restricts me to about 1.5" from the edges.
David K on Mar 14, 2019
Don't own a drill press.
Andrew D on Mar 6, 2019
I don't own a drill press. I hope this jig solves a basic problem with straight drilling.
Val S on Feb 16, 2019
For a current project.
Bob L on Jan 31, 2019
Build quality vs molded plastic w aluminum bushings
Tom on Jan 20, 2019
Our son said he wanted these,, specifically.
peter t on Dec 11, 2018
Make sure holes are straight
Lester W on Nov 27, 2018
perpendicular drilling away from the drill press.
Karl on Nov 2, 2018
Why not!
Pablo D. T on Sep 28, 2018
Recommended by a friend
Roy on Jul 29, 2018
Needed a new guide
John B on Jul 8, 2018
handy foe quick hand drill
ROBERT C on Jul 6, 2018
Accuracy of drilling, especially on round stock.
Jeffrey S on Jun 19, 2018
To have control of more precise drilling of holes.
Arthur A on Jun 18, 2018
work related
daniel f on Apr 16, 2018
looks very convieniant and quick to use
Jeff S on Mar 14, 2018
I think this is a good idea
BOB K on Mar 8, 2018
I've needed something like this for years.
Larry A on Mar 8, 2018
Great little portable drill press.
Mark A on Feb 12, 2018
I pick this vender because of the handy and useful product they have to offer the pro and the beginner.
melvin p on Nov 27, 2017
Sounds like a handy tool for drilling perpendicular holes with a hand drill. I need metric and inch drill sizes.
Robert S on Nov 23, 2017
I choose it because I trust Rockler.
Ben B on Nov 14, 2017
TOO OLD TO DRILL STRAIGHT
Mark G on Nov 2, 2017
dont own a drill press but need accurate holes
Tom T on Oct 19, 2017
Need for a project
Chuck M on May 17, 2017
To install the router leveling inserts
Duane M on Apr 18, 2017
Reviews indicated that this was an effective and quality product.
Arnold T on Mar 20, 2017
Help find and maintain drilling true centers on long cylindrical objects
Jeffrey M on Apr 18, 2020
I can't judge very well when drilling free hand
CHUCK R on Apr 9, 2020
Since the V-Drill Guide only has one side with precision marks on it, how do you get a perfect alignment for the hole you need to drill?
Ricky on Jun 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I marked the spot first and used an awl and put a small pilot hole. I inserted the drill through V-Drill guide held it up until I had the drill bit in the marked hole. Then I lowered the V-Drill Guide and drilled the hole.
On a video, I saw someone drill a hole at a 45% angle just by turning it over to the other side, but I can't find one advertised that will also drill a hole on a 45?
Judy B on May 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If you're using this guide in attempt to drill a 45 degree angled hole then you may want to consider a different product. This guide in particular is useful for round stock or pipes by utilizing the v-groove on the bottom. One possible option for in a pitch would be to cut a piece of scrap into a 45 degree wedge and then place this guide on top of the wedge with your work piece clamped underneath. Be mindful that you'd need a pretty long drill bit however.
WHAT IS THE SMALLEST DIAMETER HOLE THE TOOL CAN ACCOMMODATE?
DENNIS F on Oct 31, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi Dennis. 1/8". I have found the tool useful for drilling bolt holes in the electrical conduit I used to make a frame for the winter cover on my boat. I found that it works best for this task if the tool is clamped in place.

Doug B
I'm looking for a drill guide for a 20mm hole---no can find---?
Cathie S on Dec 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Rockler has a standard and metric Big Gator drill guide
what's the length ?
A shopper on Aug 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is 5 1/2 in. long, 3/4 in. high, and 3/4 in. tapered down to 1/2 in. wide.