V Drill Guide

Introduction: V Drill Guide

I recently purchased a set of drill bits for my hand drill. I wanted to be able to drill straight vertical holes into pieces of wood as well as cylindrical rods. A quick search on the web showed me options ranging from drill presses to attachments for the drill as well as V Drill Blocks. V drill blocks appealed to me as they are small and relatively affordable.

I had bought a 3D printed around the same time and thought it would be a good use of the 3d printer to print a custom V block for the drill bits I have.

My main constraints were:

  • design something that can be printed with simple 3d printed material (PLA)
  • design something that fits into the drill bit case and thus is less likely to get misplaced
  • comfortable to position and grip while drilling holes

Based on these I proceeded to design the drill guide in Fusion360

Step 1: Design the Part in Fusion 360

I designed the block to incorporate all the sizes of drill available in my kit, these cover most of the common sizes you get in any standard drill bit kit, so it should work for any other kit as well.

All files can be downloaded from the below link

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4538729

Step 2: Print the Part and Test

The guide can be used flat against a piece of wood as well as for drilling a hole through the centre of a rod or pipe.

You can also use the guide to store the bits on your workbench.

Step 3: Storage

The piece fits into the empty space in the Dewalt drill bit case.

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    6 Comments

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    earthlinkd
    earthlinkd

    1 year ago

    good project for vertical drill needs.

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    sales33
    sales33

    1 year ago

    Be careful not to be infringing on patents and trademarks when coping other products you see that look like something to 3D print. I am the owner of Big Gator Tools and manufacture the V-Drill Guide you're coping from. You may want to review what you are offering, because it could cost you a lot in legal cost in the near future.

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    1 year ago

    Nice job on the design! Did you print that with marble? I love that filament :)

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    gauravpatekar
    gauravpatekar

    Reply 1 year ago

    ya! I love the marble filament as well, looks really neat and hides the layer lines very well.

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    oragamiunicorn
    oragamiunicorn

    1 year ago

    very neat and portable. I'd be worried that the plastic would be worn away over time making the guide less precise. I know nothing about 3d printing but i wonder whether you could form the bulk of the guide in one colour (prefeably quite a bright colour, with another colour forming a thin top layer. That way when you see the base colour shining through you know that it is time to replace your guide.

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    gauravpatekar
    gauravpatekar

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks :)

    ya, after a lot of use it will get worn down, but with 3d printing, you could quickly printout another piece and maybe use the old piece to store the bits.