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Rockler JIG IT® Drill Guide

Ensures perfectly aligned holes every time.
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76% of 100

The exclusive JIG IT® Drill Guide can be used with a drill press or a hand drill to ensure perfectly aligned holes every time! Use with our Long Shank Forstner Bits (sold separately) to drill flat-bottomed holes, and optional drill stop (#85953, sold separately).

Notice: Drill Guide must be used with Long Shank Forstner Bits and associated 3/8" Stop Collar (#85953, sold separately).
(1) JIG IT® Drill Guide
More Information
Brand Rockler
Weight 0.1500
Tech Spec
  • Interior Diameter: 3-1/2"
  • Drill Guide Measures: 2-1/2" high
3.8 / 5.0
50 Reviews
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worked perfect
used it to make dog holes in new top. worked great
April 23, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great product
November 8, 2019
7 months ago
Almost idiot proof
Simple and effective tool that is easy to use. Perfect for 90 degree drilling of clean holes.
September 11, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Worked well for flat surface guidance
September 1, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Convenient and practical
Simple design that solved the problem that was challenging me.
July 9, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great product
This is a great product to use with the long shank forstner bit. Haven't found a similar product.
June 26, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
This works great , I have used one many times. Always does a good job.
March 5, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Drill Guide
Very useful tool. Used it for dog holes in my workbench, worked better than anticipated
October 22, 2016
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Better and cheaper product
Better and cheaper product
July 29, 2015
over 5 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
I bought the jig guide & the 3/4" long shank Forstner bit to drill holes in my laminated, maple workbench (also from Rockler), for holdfasts. The workbench is 1 3/4" thick, and the bit (as I used it) cut to only an 1 1/2" or so. I was able to finish the holes by removing the guide and centering the bit in the hole, eyeballing it, and waiting for the drop. The maple is tough (for an old guy) and I had to take it slow for the 22 holes I drilled. Keep the bit clean as you go. I marveled at how well the bit and guide held up. I don't know whether 4 or 5 stars are deserved. The maple seemed to vary in hardness.
August 28, 2014
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Good quality
SIXTO S on Jun 1, 2020
Straighter holes
Andrew H on Apr 26, 2020
Good quality
SIXTO S on Jun 1, 2020
I just built a work bench and need to add bench dog holes. They are impossible to do freehand.
silverbaton on May 15, 2020
Straighter holes
Andrew H on Apr 26, 2020
New work bench top
Thomas E on Apr 19, 2020
Will be used to drill 90 degree holes in a workbench for bench dogs.
Richard R on Apr 14, 2020
I needed this to drill straight, true holes in my workbench.
William B on Apr 8, 2020
want to get some holes in a bench straight
Joseph G on Apr 2, 2020
ROMAN R on Mar 31, 2020
something new
Ken S on Feb 21, 2020
Makes it easy to drill perpendicular holes
ALLAN C on Dec 8, 2019
Things connect better when they are straight
jerry s on Nov 9, 2019
To drill straight 1/2" holes. Need to make many mortises quickly.
Carlos J on Oct 19, 2019
Need to drill dozens of dog holes in an assembly table.
Roger M T on Sep 27, 2019
To drill 90 degree holes
Robert B on Aug 22, 2019
I will use it to drill Anchor Bolt holes more accurately in thick formwork crossbeams.
Heywood A on Aug 13, 2019
For my workbench
James S on Aug 9, 2019
making furniture out of 2" lumber connected by 3/4" dowel pegs. Need to drill straight, flat-bottomed holes for pegs, cant use a drill press. This is the only solution I found for SAE forstner bits - there are other solutions for metric bits.
John D on Aug 4, 2019
Need it, no drill press
MICHAEL S on Jul 30, 2019
Can't afford drill press so this seemed like the next best thing.
Gary T on Jul 16, 2019
Steven G on Jul 1, 2019
need to drill dog holes in workbench top
Brian Saxe C on Jun 12, 2019
Best and most affordable solution for the hobbyist to make precise flat-bottomed holes without wander or tear out.
Frederick P on Jun 3, 2019
I want to drill straight holes for a change.
Alan S on May 25, 2019
Easy to drill at right angle, at places not convenient to bring big drill press.
John L on Apr 21, 2019
want to try.
David M on Jan 22, 2019
Great idea, I hope it works
Deborah S on Jan 21, 2019
Needed a guide until I can afford a drill press.
M I on Jan 16, 2019
for work station dog installation
jeff e on Jan 1, 2019
Price. Need it to drill a series of holes in my workbench.
James G on Dec 17, 2018
The best that I've seen.
Anthony L on Dec 15, 2018
more compact than current guide
Robert H on Dec 8, 2018
Looks like just what I need
George P on Dec 1, 2018
To make straight holes on pieces that I can't get on my drill press.
Shane W on Nov 29, 2018
Because I Want it
Douglas W on Nov 25, 2018
To drill quality 3/4" holes on work bench, this seems the right tool for it.
Scott Y on Nov 12, 2018
Tabletop too big for the drill press.
Edward b on Aug 6, 2018
Additional control for specific projects.
Richard B on Aug 1, 2018
I have purchased two of the traditional style drill guides, and can rarely get a consistent right angle. The traditional style ones are designed to support a wide range of angles, but I only need 90, so I'm giving this one a try!
Tony G. on Jun 28, 2018
Looks like what I need for a project.
Stuart J on Jun 7, 2018
replacing hinges and need to have depth control.
Chris B on Apr 27, 2018
Handy straight drilling
Mark H on Apr 26, 2018
Gene L on Apr 17, 2018
replacing one I have that has been damaged
Barbara W on Apr 13, 2018
Nice straight grid for my sanding and assembly table!
Foyal C on Apr 9, 2018
I had not seen an item like this before. I think it will be valuable to make more accurate drilling.
George W on Apr 4, 2018
To make bench dog holes in my workbench
Samuel A on Feb 12, 2018
Looks simple and effective
Douglas W on Feb 8, 2018
Horace C on Feb 7, 2018
Kerryc C on Feb 5, 2018
I have a chopped down drill press that I use to drill perfectly flat recesses for plaques and such on the tops of tables. I looked all over for something like this, and Rockler has had it for years, I guess. I wish there was an easier way to find stuff like this on their website.
Tim N on Jan 9, 2018
I just built a work bench and need to add bench dog holes. They are impossible to do freehand.
silverbaton on May 15, 2020
New work bench top
Thomas E on Apr 19, 2020
Will this set up drill a 3/4 inch hole through a 4 inch thick work bench using the Rockler Forstner bit?
Robert T on Nov 18, 2016
Will these bits fit in a JIG IT drill guide? I'm looking for a 20mm Forstner but there's no 20mm long shank bit.
A shopper on May 7, 2015
Rockler JIG IT® Drill Guide
Rockler JIG IT® Drill Guide
Individual Metric Forstner Bits - 3/8
Individual Metric Forstner Bits - 3/8" Shank
BEST ANSWER: No, the Jig-It drill guide will need long shank bits, such as
I have specialty bits I need to use ranging from 3/8" to 1/2" diameter. Will my bits work on your guide?
Mike W on Mar 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: the bits designed and sold as a system feature extra length, and a common diameter shank to fit the guide bushing. you will need to determine if your existing bits match the necessary common shank diameter, as well as sufficient travel length.
how deep can you drill with this jig?
A shopper on Jun 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Technically you can drill as deep as the length of the bit minus the height of the jig itself and the length of bit needed to be secured in the chuck. I used the jig to drill cups for hinges and only needed about 11mm but if you remove the spring and the collar you could probably plunge the thing 3 or 4 inches with the standard Rockler Forstner bit. Having read the other reviews I am not sure why Nicholas B encountered those problems, I didn't encounter anything like that.
Does this jig come with a bit? A lot of the reviews talk about the bits.
Aaron B on May 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: There is no bit that comes with the jig
I want to drill holes through the center of wine corks. I think this will work if I use the forstner bit to drill a hole in a piece of wood that the cork will sit into while I drill, using the the guide, I drill through the cork. My only question... I need a small...(.5 cm) hole actually drilled through the cork. Will the guide accommodate a small drill bit?
Lynn S on Jul 30, 2017
can I drill a 25 degree angle?
michael on Feb 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No you can not. It can only do 90 degree holes. I do not recommend this item because it can only accommodate a few bit. I recommend buying a drill press or a drill mod so that a hand held drill can be used as a drill press.
Can this jig be used with various sizes of regular bits?
David C on May 28, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you could use this with other drill bits. Just make sure the shank size fits the bushing in the jig.
What is it made of, plastic or metal?
Anthony J. D on Dec 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Mine is ABS type plastic. There are no moving parts and it does not.bear any stress - so plastic is suitable. It does one thing and does it fast and easy.
Can Forstner bit extender be used with Rockler drill guide? Or are long-shank bits required?
Neal G on Apr 2, 2018
Rockler JIG IT® Drill Guide
Rockler JIG IT® Drill Guide
Forstner Bit Extender
Forstner Bit Extender
BEST ANSWER: A long shank bit, such as Rockler item 10117, is required with this jig.
Can I use this jig with a regular straight bit and can that bit be 8" long and still get plumb?
Scott M on Jul 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes and no. It will have to be a 3/8" shank bit and the top of the tool will be about 2-1/4" above the work piece. You will have to hold the tool steady.
Could I use this with the 1/4” long shank Forster bit, for 1/4” through holes in 2x6 boards? What’s the depth limitation?
Bob B on May 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No. The bushing size in the drill guide is for a 3/8" dia. shank.
What is the outside diameter? I.e. how close can I get to a wall? Thanks
Andy D on Apr 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The diameter is 3.5".
Is there a 20mm long shank forstner bit that fits this?
J K on Nov 19, 2019
How deep a hole can be made with this jig and bit? Will it drill through a 4 x 4?
Gerald G on Apr 8, 2018
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