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Sorry Drivel Starved Nation…still alive?
I took a detour to the beautiful island of Kauai to visit the wettest spot on earth. It seems it was just yesterday that the wettest spot on earth was my bed… or so it seems. My how time flies…
We are finally done addressing the needs of all of our DJ-1 owners who want to easily drill offset holes. Sometime in the next couple of days, the DJ-2 will be released for pre-order.
If you already own the DJ-1 pay close attention to the pictures below, because you will have several options to consider.
The following image is the DJ-1 with our new stop system;
This image illustrates what a three hole drilling sequence would look like using our new flip stop system. These stops can be clamped either on top or the bottom of the stop beam. Regardless of position, the stop arm will flip out of the way. The clamp beam is held in place by two brass set screws in the orange jaws. You will be able to set stops approximately 7 inches from the centerline of the bushing. These stops can be used for any purpose but really shine for drilling the top and bottom holes of mortises in identical parts.
If you are a current DJ-1 Owner and wish to convert your DJ-1 to a DJ-2, the most economical way to do so is to purchase the basic kit pictured below;
All you need to do is remove the two outrigger screws from your DJ-1, and the orange jaws (or Universal Jaws) and attach to the DJ-2 arms which takes about 2 minutes. This will give you the best of our Drillng Jigs.
If you would like to add the flip stop system to your DJ-1, or the DJ-2 conversion pictured above, the kit is pictured below;
The stop system comes with one flip stop. If you would like additional stops, they will be sold in pairs;
New and noteworthy for the DJ-2, the arms are 2″ longer than the DJ-1, we beefed up the bushing lock screws, and as you can see by the image below, the arms positive wedge lock to the bushing housing;
Drilling hole arrays is as simple as sliding out one outrigger/arm and setting your centerline distance;
Several customers have inquired if they could just purchase a bushing housing and the answer is yes, we will make those available too. As you can see, the 1/4-20 tapped hole in each side will allow you you invent any kind of jig for angled holes you can conjure using your existing bushings.
We are not discontinuing the DJ-1 because the self-centering function is invaluable in certain applications. You can center with the DJ-2, but it involves using the centering rules on the arms. Many thanks to the DSN for contributing to the evolution of this tool.
Lastly, we are just a few months from 2013–our 30th anniversary year. Lots of cool stuff happening, including our book, but one thing is just off the charts huge. I can’t say much at the moment but I can say this; if you ever wanted to visit Portland, the third week in August, 2013 would be a great week.