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The Big Gator V-Drill Guide is made from special nickel-alloyed steel that is heat treated for durability like drill bushings.

Big Gator V-Drill Guide - Standard

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Big Gator V-Drill Guide - Standard

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).

  • 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
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Brand Big Gator Tools
Manufacturer Part Number STD1000DGNP-C
Weight 0.6000
4.9 / 5.0
62 Reviews
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Gator V-Drill Guide
THIS is one of the best small tool investments made in a long time! Love how it guides and produces perfect vertical drill holes, even on curved surfaces.
April 13, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
This thing is awesome. Little tool that does its job perfectly. I wish I had had this thing for the last 40 years.
April 11, 2019
3 weeks ago
Woodworking Experience:
Perfect for the job!
Very easy to use. Small enough to hold steady in one hand while drilling.
April 6, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Big Gator V Drill Guide
This is a very well made drill guide. It allows me to get closer to board edges than I can with Rockler's Stand Up drill guide (which is also very useful). It would have been nice if Rockler carried the next size up from this, covering drill sizes up to 1/2" ( I needed 7/16" at this time). This drill guide works. It is the right height to assure bits stay perpendicular to the workpiece. The guide has markers on the bottom for centering hole position, a nice touch.
April 4, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
This is a greatest tool.
Let me just say this tool is awesome. You wish I found this tool sooner. I needed to drill a hold in a 3/8 steel rod to insert a 1/8 pin to hold a worm drive gear. Well let me tell you it was perfectly straight. Could not do this with my drill press, bit kept moving even when the flattened the area.
March 28, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Really Helpful
as I don't have a drill press, this little aid really helped me drill to right angles. Also, being that small, it added to the flexibility of where I can use it ... at any position any where.
March 20, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
You need it for the precision you desire
I had one already and it worked great so this one was for a Christmas gift. Highly recommend
December 15, 2018
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Excellent tool
Very useful and well made tool. Tight tolerances.
December 6, 2018
5 months ago
Works like a charm!
I bought this at Rockler (Novi, Mich.) last night and used it to drill new holes in the face of some dresser drawers for new handles, using my hand-held power drill. The drill guide worked like an absolute charm. As to the comment that it's hard to line up your hole under the guide -- not true at all. Just slide the guide up on your drill bit high enough to see the tip of the bit, place the bit where you want it, then drop the guide down onto the wood, hold it in place, and start drilling. I love this thing -- I cannot believe I lacked one for so long. I am sure I'll be pulling this thing out most times I have something to drill. Who doesn't want to drill straight holes?
September 18, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Ace up your sleeve
Was needing to drill holes to mount the seats & center thwart in a canoe I had rebuilt. Clamped the guide to the inwales, drilled the holes & wound up with a perfect job.
Wonderful tool for short money. Highly recommended.
September 10, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Nice idea
Ed on Apr 7, 2019
Don't own a drill press.
Andrew D on Mar 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
thomas p 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 B on Nov 2, 2018
Why not!
Pablo D. T on Sep 28, 2018
Recommended by a friend
Rlh 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
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
Works well with cable handrail installation
Cynthia L. C on Mar 2, 2017
Handy tool to carry in my drill box.
Frank S on Feb 3, 2017
ease of use and aided in accuracy of workmanship
Karen T on Jan 18, 2017
Michael S on Jan 8, 2017
Another great drill guide to add to the tool box.
Guy B M on Jan 6, 2017
Portable drill guide to insure perpendicular holes.
Roger M on Dec 27, 2016
This is much smaller than a drill press or a drill press attachment. Works pretty well too.
Andre N on Dec 26, 2016
I like it to Drill a quick Straight Hole !!!
ernie t on Dec 24, 2016
for Hand drilling ease and accuracy!
Michael H on Dec 14, 2016
I tend to run into situations where perpendicular holes are needed but cannot be cut with a drill press.
MITCHELL C on Dec 13, 2016
I want to drill holes straight and this guide was my savior!
Stan W on Nov 30, 2016
Have some posts and dowels to drill
Roger M on Nov 28, 2016
My father requested them
Sarah E on Nov 25, 2016
new item wanted to try it.
Daniel B on Nov 16, 2016
Need to drill holes to tap for bolts to hold a door fram in
Ryan M on Oct 31, 2016
sometimes need to drill only one hole without setting up drill press
paul g on Oct 25, 2016
times when I want drill press accuracy but the project isn't amenable to fitting the drill press!
J A on Sep 20, 2016
I like many others own a drill press, but there are just places that need straight holes that you can't get to with a drill press.
David L on Sep 18, 2016
I just loved the color, and the rich scent of a new tool.
John T on Aug 24, 2016
Now I will be able to drill straighter holes, hopefully.
Charles G on Jul 27, 2016
Needed it for a project I was working on. Works great.
Lynn C on Jul 7, 2016
Ads in Wood magazine
Rush W on Jul 4, 2016
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
I don't own a drill press. I hope this jig solves a basic problem with straight drilling.
Val S on Feb 16, 2019
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: There are precision marks on both sides of the V-Drill Guide that I have.
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.
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: McMaster Carr has a 20mm bushing. You can use it to make one.
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.
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