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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
  • 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
4.4 / 5.0
92 Reviews
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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
1 month 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
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Was a great help. Created a custom wall mounted modular bookcase system for a client. There were 18 adjustable shelves and over 200 holes to drill. Made it a lot more efficient.
July 24, 2019
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Would recommend for DIY or commercial workers for commercial his save me a lot of time which is time management very accurate and easy to assemble
Easy to use no brainer my cabinets are wonderful they lined up the shelves lined up evenly fast more efficient for my business
May 11, 2019
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great tool!
April 5, 2019
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
It made all the difference in the world. Made short work. I highly recommend it to anyone that does cabinet work.
February 2, 2019
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Worked as advertised , excellent Rockler product as always
January 25, 2019
9 months ago
Great product, works as advertised!
January 22, 2019
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great kit!
Really had fun making an adjustable closet shelving. The key to drill clean holes is to get your drill bit up to speed and go up and down slowly.
January 1, 2019
10 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Best jig of this kind
I have owned several other jigs, including the low cost one from Rockler and a much more expensive Pinnacle. This one covers most of my needs and is really fast to set and use. I do a fair amount of full depth cabinets - nice that you can do 24"/600mm - and I can do a side in a little over a minute. Note: I use a corded drill because I find the extra speed (2500 rpm) is useful for getting clean 5mm holes.
October 20, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
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Have the Single unit and it works great so thought I'd try the double unit.
Mike W on Jul 3, 2019
Needed for a project
Thomas M on Apr 15, 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
Designing wall to wall book cases for a 10'L x 8'H library project.
Daniel V on Nov 13, 2016
I purchased the Rockler Pro Shelf Drilling Jig because I needed a reliable way to dill 1/4" and 5 mm shelf pin holes for my shelving and cabinets. In the past I made my own jig and found it to be woefully inadequate.
Frank N on Oct 31, 2016
Compared to Woodpeckers template. The guaranteed parallel holes and no rocking shelf made this worth the extra cost.
Michael P on Oct 13, 2016
recommended by others
robert bradley a on Oct 13, 2016
building closets and pantry
kevin s on Oct 3, 2016
made job faster to get done
Allan S on Sep 13, 2016
looks nice
Justin R on Aug 2, 2016
Building display cases for a new retail store. Want the shelves to be perfect.
Amy C on Jul 12, 2016
Needed to drill 9/32 holes for pins and gromets
Tom S on Jul 10, 2016
Accuracy and convenience.
Tim C on Jun 21, 2016
The ability to do both sides at once and have exact spacing is critical. I have the single side jig and even though you think you have it lined up perfectly it can still be just a bit off making your shelf not level.
Rick P on Jun 20, 2016
Looked like the easiest , and affordable
TERRY W on Jun 16, 2016
I build cabinets with adjustable shelves and the jig I currently have only has 6 holes. This one will be very useful
John B on Jun 14, 2016
My husband chose this as a Father's Day gift.He needed it for a woodworking project he is going to be working on.
Stacie M on Jun 12, 2016
Got tired of buying shelves that were either to big or too small. I decided to buy this and build my own. So easy to use.
Luis B on Jun 12, 2016
To make adjustable shelves for my storage cabinets.
Jimy on Jun 9, 2016
This will be very useful making shelves & if Rockler carries it , it has to be GOOD
Leonard L on Jun 8, 2016
To aid in cabinet shelf alignment
Norman S on Jun 6, 2016
to center my balls to drill my balls
GEORGE N on Apr 27, 2019
adjust shelf alignment
Brent C on Apr 10, 2019
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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