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Rockler Pro Shelf Drilling Jig

Eliminate the possibility of misaligned shelves and cut your setup time in half with the easy-to-use Pro Shelf Drilling Jig!
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Just lay the jig on your stock, tighten the two horizontal tracking knobs and start drilling error-free rows.


  • Guarantees each row is perfectly in line
  • Removes the chance of misaligned shelf pin holes, which means no wobbly shelves
  • Spaces each hole exactly 37mm from the edge of your stock
  • Jig is easy to set up and easy to adjust for multiple rows
  • Rows are spaced exactly 1-1/4" (32mm) apart
  • Pin holes are set back exactly 1-7/16" (37mm) from each edge
  • 32mm spacing and 37mm setback are fully compatible with the Euro hinge system
  • 24" long twin template tracks are joined by rigid rails that lock in place for error-free drilling
  • Drill two rows with one jig to save time and ensure accuracy
  • Locking 3-star tracking knobs allow for adjustments and ensure the jig stays firmly in place
  • Reversible guide rails have a smooth aluminum surface on one side and a rubber fence on the other for better gripping power
  • Includes two 5mm and two 1/4" indexing pins that eliminate the need for clamps and allow you to extend long rows of holes indefinitely
  • Included indexing pins store conveniently in the ends of each guide rail when not in use
  • Drilling template is made of thick acrylic for durability
  • Designed for un-assembled cabinet components from 8-1/4"W to 25-1/4"W
(1) Pro Shelf Drilling Jig
(2) 1/4'' Indexing Pins
(2) 5mm Indexing Pins
More Information
Brand Rockler
Weight 5.0000
Type Shelving
4.3 / 5.0
104 Reviews
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Great jig, easy to set up and use
I read lots of reviews and looked at a lot of other options before pulling the trigger on this. I was aware of the issues some had with screws not being long enough, etc, but I can usually make what I need so I wasn't concerned. But all the issues seem to have been addressed and my jig works like a charm. Love having the alignment pits stored in the frame itself. Had a large cabinet project drilled about an hour after I opened the box.
April 1, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
No complaints
This jig is slicker than snot on a chickens lip. I previously used a piece of 1/4 inch pegboard and a brad point bit to do the peg holes.

This jig was well worth the money and makes alignment SO much easier.
March 26, 2020
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
I really like this shelf drilling kit, easy to set up and working on it
Good stuff
February 26, 2020
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
We used this to drill holes for 2 adjustable bookcases. Finished both in about half an hour. Great tool!!
February 14, 2020
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very nice!
This is a very nice jig the time it saves is great I highly recommend this to anyone making cabinets with shelve pins!
February 9, 2020
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Simplifies Your Project
Simple Instructions and process makes drilling shelf holes a snap.
January 22, 2020
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Fast n easy
Did What is supposed to do. it would have took me probably 2 hours It get done. With the tool, i was done in 10 minutes it was a little pricey but worth it
December 17, 2019
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Much better than the previous version
Much better than the previous version. Accurate alignment
November 29, 2019
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Tight spot
Needed to drill 108 holes per cabinet, 94 cabinets when the manufacturer was late with production (10,152 holes!). Worked perfectly. Wore out the jig! Bought a 2nd one for the next time.
Lining up with existing holes
11” opening
September 9, 2019
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Excellent product
Works exactly as described. Made short work of drilling the side panels for the bookshelf, especially when using the drills designed for the product.
August 15, 2019
10 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
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Wanna try it out. Having kreg for years
Tru N on May 28, 2020
Used the Veritas jig in the past. Willing to give this jig a try for the price.
Lisa B on May 20, 2020
Wanna try it out. Having kreg for years
Tru N on May 28, 2020
Last one broke
KENNETH F on May 22, 2020
Used the Veritas jig in the past. Willing to give this jig a try for the price.
Lisa B on May 20, 2020
Pins are less intrusive (no pun intended) that the rails...
William G on Apr 25, 2020
Joan B on Apr 11, 2020
these days I need all the help I can get . not as good as I use to be.
BILL on Mar 29, 2020
I need it to build an entertainment center
peter F on Mar 21, 2020
Ability to align and drill two aligned sets of pin holes at the same time. Rockler brand name was important as well.
mike m on Mar 17, 2020
Really liked the idea of tying two workpieces to each other.<br />Seemed the best compromise between one off drilling jig and prohibitively expensive pro jigs.
Michael M on Mar 12, 2020
Make some cabinets shelf
Sunny on Jan 29, 2020
shelf drilling
Richard H on Jan 23, 2020
I plan on building adjustable shelves for the laundry room.
Michael B on Jan 18, 2020
Building shelving <br />Reviews of 4.5 out of 5
Robert P on Jan 16, 2020
it will speed up and insure accuracy in building the shelving I am planning
RICHARD S on Jan 16, 2020
lots of shelving to do
F R on Dec 21, 2019
Husband ask for - for Christmas
J E on Nov 18, 2019
Going to making a cabinet and wanted to put in adjustable shelves in.
dan m on Nov 11, 2019
So my shelf holes line up.
Robert W on Nov 1, 2019
Have the Single unit and it works great so thought I'd try the double unit.
Mike W on Jul 3, 2019
to center my balls to drill my balls
GEORGE N on Apr 27, 2019
Needed for a project
Thomas M on Apr 15, 2019
adjust shelf alignment
Brent C on Apr 10, 2019
Making 10 book shelf's
Cornelius Y on Mar 22, 2019
Highest rated and most precise jig I was able to find through research. Really like that it aligns front and rear holes simultaneously to significantly increase precision.
Scott B on Mar 15, 2019
best for my application
Salvatore V on Dec 24, 2018
Great product, very useful. Had to order another one because you don’t sell replacement plastic.
Steve S on Dec 7, 2018
The reviews helped me to make the decision to purchase this item over others that I had been researching.
Dave W on Nov 19, 2018
I am making a cabinet for the kitchen and need accurately drilled holes for the adjustable shelves
Jimbo on Oct 25, 2018
Because it's been on my wish list, but finally was on sale
Nelson R on Oct 18, 2018
to do a project
paul c on Oct 16, 2018
This is the perfect tool for assuring proper alignment of your shelf pins when drilling your holes in your project
Randy W on Sep 20, 2018
Good reviews
Steve on Jun 9, 2018
building a display case with adjustable shelves. I need to very accurately locate the shelf pin holes
mIKE p on May 29, 2018
it looks too legit to quit
Greg B on Jan 23, 2018
It looked like the best way to get perfect alignment for shelf holes
Harry S on Sep 14, 2017
i need to drill new holes in a cabinet i had to customize to fit a rounded wall
Justin S on Aug 9, 2017
Absolutely for presition and accuracy.
Mark S on Jul 31, 2017
Someone borrowed my old one
Garbo on Jul 18, 2017
I'm in the process of rebuilding my kitchen cabinets and making new carcasses. I wanted to make sure I got it right the first time.
Franklin B on Apr 26, 2017
It is an easy way to locate and drill shelf pins
Scott G on Apr 1, 2017
replace a similar jig that a BOZO neighbor stole
ALAN V on Feb 23, 2017
This jig looks like it will save so much time and and will be accurate aligning with other pins. Will be faster and less expensive than the flush tracks and clips.
Greg P on Feb 16, 2017
Cabinet building
Robert M on Feb 2, 2017
tired of old way, measure,pencil mark and hand drill. :)
Michael N on Jan 9, 2017
Upgraded from a smaller jig for a large project. Works really well!
Simon C on Jan 6, 2017
An inexpensive solution to accurate shelf placement.
Florin E on Jan 6, 2017
faster set up for shelves
Edward N on Jan 6, 2017
Reviews were very positive and sounds like the most accurate jig for shelving.
Linda H on Dec 27, 2016
A great way to set up accurate shelves
Jon J on Dec 22, 2016
to make shelf holes
Russ on Nov 24, 2016
Last one broke
KENNETH F on May 22, 2020
Pins are less intrusive (no pun intended) that the rails...
William G on Apr 25, 2020
Can I buy replacement plastic hole guide?
frank c on Jan 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Nope, that's why I'm buying my fourth. You can't even flip the plastic guides over, because the backsides are not countersunk for the attachment screw
The description says it works on 8.25" to 25.25" cabinets. I'm making a CD/DVD cabinet with 6" boards. Can it size down to that size board?
Richard R on Jul 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: pair your two cabinet sides together and put spacers in along the rails to decrease the hole offset from the edge - work the layout from the center line. Do both line of holes then switch mating edges of cabinet pieces and repeat.
Can you drill holes in the center of the panel in order to mount drawer slides? In other words can you drill 3 rows of holes, one on the front 32mm in one in the middle (any multiple of 32mm) and one on the end, so you can have 3 mount holes for a drawer slide.
Tomats on Sep 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This is not necessary. Two screws, one at each end , are sufficient to carry the load. If you feel you must have a third screw, install it after the slide is attached.
Is there a way to move one side of the jig to come in a few inches inward?
Danilo F on May 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The metal guide bars attach to the clear acrylic with three screws. Temporarily removing one of the guide bars allows you to place one template anywhere you want on your work piece while using the remaining bar to index to the side.
I can not get the 3/8 inch flat head machine screws to tread into the extension tracks because of the thickest of the plastic spacers that are affixed to the acrylic. Is this a common issue? If it is what is the fix?
Jonathan G on Jan 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There is a known issue with countersink for short screws being under spec. I had same problem and Rockler shipped me replacement acrylic parts with correct countersink.
Does this work with 1/2'' thick ?
Amy E on Nov 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hi Amy, if you use a hard wood, you can use the drilling jig on 1/ 2 thick wood. You might not get a good hole depth for the pegs to support the shelf . What is the length of the shelf and what are you going to put on the shelf,will depend if it will work. hope this helps
Can this be used on cabinets with a face frame-not flush with the sides?
Tess M on Oct 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No. I would and have used it before I put the face frame on. You might try the other jig that only does one row at a time. Alignment might be tricky but if you measure and mark right it will be fine. Jig is also less expensive. Good luck
Can this jig be used with existing cabinets to make more shelf holes
Ryobioneplus on Feb 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Jig is designed for use before cabinet is assembled.
How can I keep the bits from shredding the holes on soft pine, very few are coming out clean?.
Michael B on Feb 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You are pulling the drill bit out to fast, before the bit has time to fully clean the hole out, let the bit rotate a little longer in the hole before you lift up, might try running a strip of tape down. pine is tricky try reducing drill speed. Let me know if this helps
Does the jig come with the drill bit?
Justin K on Sep 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The dril bit is separate. You can buy 1/4" or 5 mm diameter. ...
Can this be used with a router and template guide?
A shopper on Aug 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This is a drilling jig not a router jig. While I am sure someone clever could possibly repurpose it I doubt it would be more efficient for the stated purpose. The drill is precise to the holes and makes the holes the size of available pins. To try to get a template guide/router bit combination would be difficult. Also trying to line up the template with each individual hole would be slow and difficult. I suspect you are seeing it as a way to route in metal shelf standards rather than pin holes directly into the wood itself.
Any suggestions for avoiding tear out? I find that when drilling melamine it chips the melamine leaving a really shabby drill hole each time. I've tried masking/painters tape but it still chips. I can only think of using a veneer or somehow pre drilling through the surface through a thin piece of sacrificial stock but that's a lot of messing about for a tool that's supposed to save me time so I wondered if anyone had a better suggestion. My next job is painted melamine...
Mark N on Oct 17, 2018
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