“A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.”
Yesterday we actually built this version. I can’t speak for Michael, nor would I want to, he disagrees with me too much, but I know he likes this version as much as me.
It all starts with a revamped bushing holder–it can be used by itself and we have added tapped holes in the side for what ever contraption you conceive to hold the bushings over a surface.
If you want to drill a hole on a plank (bookshelf holes for example), slide in one arm and set the jaw to your desired center line from the edge using either the imperial or metric rules.
Off center holes are easy, slide in the other arm-the graduations indicate the distance of the jaws from the edges. The bushing housing slides so effortlessly across the beams… so smooth in fact Michael guarantees you will have an uncontrollable desire to call an 800 number that charges by the minute… Did I just say that?
To center drill, I recommend using the metric scale, you are not measuring, you just want the same number on the left as on the right. Your center will be within .005-.01″; it is easy and fast.
The answer to off center drilling was under our noses the entire time. This will work with the Universal Jaws, and our new lock system locks 100%–no give or wiggle anywhere.
I am sending this out for pricing, but in my opinion, this makes the DJ-1xxx a better tool for less cost.
What is not to like?
Thanks for all the cool feedback–especially from the Thursday happy hour bunch…