Up Close with the Milescraft 1318 AccuDrillMate

Up Close with the Milescraft 1318 AccuDrillMate

I’ve been using the milescraft AccuDrillMate 1318 for a few months now.  Let’s dive right in so I can show you why I feel it’s a must have tool in every woodworkers shop.

Like all things made by Milescraft, the AccuDrill is incredibly handy in the shop.  One thing I can’t ever do is drill perfectly straight.  That’s right, nod your head because you know you’re in the same boat and don’t even try to lie.  Well, if I can’t drill straight then you know there’s no way Im drilling at an angle will accuracy.   The AccuDrill makes it so easy.  The 2 knobs at the top of the unit will loosen allowing you to set the knobs t the bottom in one of the 4 indented angles: 45, 60, 75, and 90. there are small grooves that the knobs will fall into for each of those predetermined angles.  Once there you simply tighten the top knobs, clmp it down and you’re ready to drill.  It’s as simple as that.

 

 

Like a drill press, the AccuDrill even has the ability to set a depth stop.  On the rail opposite the spring, you’ll see a knob that you can loosen and slide up and down to set your desired depth. Once again, simply clamp it down and off to drilling you go with perfect consistency each time

 

For me the Milescraft really shows its’ value in the chuck.  As a woodworker my biggest pet peeve is a drill with a plastic chuck.  The AccuDrill has a 3/8″ metal chuck.  Bravo Milescraft for not falling into the cheap plastic chuck trap.  For those who seem to lose their key chucks (yup thats me) there’s a convenient place to store it in one of the rubber grommets.

 

Even with a drill attached (Shown here with the Ridgid 18V Brushless hammer drill)  you can see it has good balance which is aided by the 4 non slip feet on the bottom. Whether you’re right handed or left handed you can drill with your dominant hand while holding the bottom handle with your other for stability.  You also have the option of clamping it to your surface to add even more stability.

Now let’s talk price.  Let’s face it, price plays a factor for just about every person.   At $34.99, it’s an incredible value.  You get the functions of a drill minus the size and the price tag.  If you’re someone who’s starting out and trying to maximize your tools on your budget then add this to your cart ASAP.  If you’re an everyday woodworker i say the same thing.  You can’t put a value on a well made tool that’s portable, handy, and convenient.  If you could, it would extend far beyond the AccuDrill’s price tag,   You may not use this all the time, but those couple times a week I use it Im so glad i have it.  You get perfect professional results every time at an affordable price.

Get the the 1318 AccuDrillMate:   http://www.milescraft.com/product/accudrillmate/

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-Pete

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107 Comments

  • Great review Pete. I need to add one of these to the shop soon

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  • This looks awesome. I would like one of these in my shop to step my game up, and help with getting perfectly straight holes.

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  • I agree! No one drills straight. I’m juts starting out so finding tools that can be versital and not costly is a plus. I believe I would have several uses for this tool. Thank you for the review and giveaway!

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  • Great review. I would like this for my shop because it has drill press qualities without taking up a big footprint. I’m work full time in helicopter EMS and have two little boys. My space in the shop is shrinking as I’m making room for power wheels(a Deere gator of course) and a little work bench for my kids to help. Long story short is this product looks like the best of both worlds for me.

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  • Great review. Looks like a very useful need for any shop, I’m currently working with old tools I got at an estate sale and my shop is all under a 10×10 ezup in the backyard of my apartment. I’m limited on space and on outlets as I’m running on extension cords. Currently I have a old 12 speed Continental industrial drill press. It’s great but big. This would help give me more space so I can have a table that I don’t have where the drill press is at and I could use this. Thank you for the review.

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  • I’ve been eyeing one of these for a while because I just don’t have the space for a drill press right now.

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  • Wow pete you went all out with the review good job!

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  • Thanks for the great review, Pete. I would love this not only for myself, but the kids that I’ve started to introduce to woodworking. I volunteer with high schoolers with our church, and have started to mentor a few of them in woodworking. It’s been awesome to see their continued and growing interest in things, and I’d love to add this tool to their skill set while also not taking up too much room in my already tight shop. Thanks brother, and God bless.

    PS is bribing allowed? If so, case of Vanilla Coke coming your way!

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  • Thanks for the honest reviews. Would love to add one of these to my collection.

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  • I do need one of these in my shop so I don’t always have to set the drill press to drill 1 hole

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  • As a weekend hobbyist this would be a great tool to drill straight without a big drill press footprint. Simple and mobile. Great blog!

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  • Nice write up, Pete. I need one of these, I’m pretty sure I’ve never drilled a straight hole in my life and my drill press is limited to single boards. This would save a ton of time.

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  • Thanks Pete. Been looking at options for one of these for a while. Others seem to have bad revews though. This one sees very stable and will do the job. I have a small drill press but is limiting when need to dril into a thick piece. This would help immensely with that.

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  • As someone that it trying to grow my business into a full time, sustainable job, I jump at the chance to grab a tool that is versatile in a growing shop. This thing would make drilling holes for dowels or dog holes in a bench top super easy and very accurate. This is a MUST HAVE in my shop.

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  • Much like other budger woodworkers I have no drill press, only the steady accuracy of my hand stands between my success and failures. This would help stop my screw ups.

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  • Pete, 1st Thanx for the great review. It was really helpful, your right drilling straight. I don’t want, I need the Accu Drill Mate. I don’t have a drill press or really have room for one, so you can see how this would be very handy.😎🤙

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  • Once again you’ve done an amazing review. I could really use the accudrillmate. I’m a stay at home dad taking care of my three young kids. Doing this allows me to be home when they are. I’m able to get them to their different activities when needed. This also, has lowered my income. I’m in the process of trying to build nicer quality pieces and business is getting good. However, growth takes capital to buy new tolls that help with the process if making nicer quality pieces that then will allow me to increase my rates. The accudrillmate would be a great tool that would help me transition from pocket hols all the time to adding dowelling to my skills. Hope i hear my name called when the time comes for a winner. Once again, great review and thanks for all the help on IG, Facebook, and your website.

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  • Great review, I’d love one for angled dowel joinery.

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  • I need one because there is no room for a drill press, and I can’t drill straight without help!

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  • I need one because like you, I can’t drill straight to save my life and my crappy bench top Ryobi drill press is a pain to set up and it sucks lol

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  • One of these would be great for my shop as I don’t have enough room to add a traditional drill press.

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  • Penalty Box Woodshop October 4, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Good stuff, Pete. This would come in handy for making dogholes in the new worktable I’m going to build.

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  • Nice review Pete! I’d like to add this to my shop instead of a drill press. I don’t have the space for a press so this little guy would be great!

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  • Great review! I have been looking for something like this, I am just starting to play with wood but so far I am fascinated, this tool would definitely make the experience easier and better.

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  • Nice review. I would totally use this on the dining table I’m about to start on next week

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  • Great review. I could really use one of these because I don’t have a drill press in the shop, and we all know drilling a perfectly staight hole isn’t happening by hand. There have been multiple times I wished I had one of these.

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  • I’d love to add this to my tools, certain things need to be drilled straight and it’s hard to always use my drill press… especially when I dowel my table stretchers. I’ve been looking at these things for a while now, just haven’t made the jump. Thanks for the giveaway Pete and everything you do for the woodworking community!!

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  • I need one of those because I don’t have a drill press and drilling a straight hole freehand is nearly impossible! Great review thanks for sharing!

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  • Justin Ascherman October 4, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Great Review as always Pete. Tool manufacturing companies are lucky to have you review and demo their tools bc you always give a detailed and honest opinion no matter if it’s good or bad for the product. This AccuDrillMate would be an awesome addition to my tools especially as of now I do not have a drill press. I am currently building a new shop and also have 5 boys ranging from 10,8,5,and two twins @4 years old. So between the both of them money is very tight. Thank you for another informative review and hopefully I’ll be adding this Jem to my collection.

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  • Sean – S.S. Design October 4, 2017 at 9:01 am

    As I get into more and more complex projects, the accuracy and precision that I put into every step becomes more and more critical. I would like to think that I can drill pretty straight, but in reality it’s nearly impossible by hand. I think the Milescraft unit’s versatility is a huge bonus for me. For instance, I plan on adding a grid of holes to my workbench to allow for bench dogs and clamps. There isn’t a standard drill press available that has enough throats depth to reach the inner most holes on the bench. The cost is also a huge bonus for me.

    -Sean

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  • i have been looking at one of these for a while. Would be very hand for an upcoming table project

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  • Wow, I have just been hearing about this. Looks pretty sweet. I will have to get one soon! Thanks, Pete!

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  • Oh yeah and I would need this to drill some straight holes, since I cant seem to do it.

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  • KC Bonney (Mangrove Designs) October 4, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I need this badly Pete. You know in #mybiglittleshop I really don’t have space for a legit drill press. This would be a great help to me. Especially since I have a dog hole workbench in the works and this would certainly make the job much easier!

    Keep up the great work Pete!

    KC

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  • This is exactly what I need. I’m new to woodwork and low on confidence so this will be a huge help in keeping me ‘true’, it’s going on my list!

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  • Omgoodness Pete… One more toy I now need for my shop!! Your review on it has me convinced I ” need” it 😀

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  • Awsome review! With a small, small, small shop this would be perfect for drilling holes in my longboard for mounting the trucks! I’ve been eyeing it and find myself always making minor adjustments. This tool would be perfect!

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  • Great review! I need one of these because I also make hunting calls as well as furniture and I cant drill a straight hole to save my life and I know this would surely help and and save me from throwing alot of wood away that I wasted by drilling a crooked hole. I also would love To use it everyday when I make furniture also. I bought the graco because of your good review, and it was my best investment by far, so i dont know why this would be any different. Thanks for the review and all the knowledge you give Pete!

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  • I have been selling for less-than-straight drilled holes for too long. I need to get one of these. Pretty awesome!

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  • I would like the accu drill mate because I don’t have a drill press or a steady hand. Thanks Pete. 😊

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  • I need this! It would definitely help me bring my business to the next level, by improving my accuracy and therefor perfecting my craft! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  • Excellent read, thank you for your in depth review. I need this to assist in drilling holes in larger boards that can’t fit under a drill press!

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  • I currently own a small, Delta drill press and it’s good for bringing the smaller projects to it but that doesn’t work well when you need to bring the drill press to your larger work… this would be the exact thing to enable me to drill dog holes in my workbench so that I can use systems, like the one Armor Tool has, to greatly expand my workbench capabilities! This would be a game changer in my small garage shop and I’d be honored to receive this prize from the famous Furniture by Pete!

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  • I want one of these mainly for the depth stop feature. I wanna see if I can drill out mortises with it!

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  • I need this because it’s fricken awesome. Site looks amazing btw. Keep up the good work.

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  • Nice review here, Pete. I’m trying to match your farmtable game and I need something like this to drill perfect holes! No room in the shop for a huge drill press either.

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  • Great Review, Pete! I’ve been looking at one of these for a while as I don’t have a drill press in my
    Small shop and this seems like a great alternative when I need a straight hole drilled!

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  • This would work perfect for me. No more home made jigs to drill holes on a angle. This would save me so much time in my projects and give me a more consistant angle when I drill. If I don’t win I may have to get one.

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  • Awesome overview article Pete! I have one of these on my list of tools to get. I suppose winning one would make that easier! I can think of all sorts of uses for it. For instance I am making bunk beds starting in a week that will use dowel take down pegs for the upper and lower bunks. Not sure how I’ll do it yet but this sure would make it easier!

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  • Great review. I have been eyeballing this for a while but i am kind of skeptic when new things hit the market. I have a drill press but i have found many times where i need a precision drilled hole in places i cannot get a drill press. I have tried using a block of wood but it never fails that once it bites into the grain it gets pulled slightly off target and end up with a messy hole. I could really use one of these in the shop. i also love how the angles are indexed for easy adjustment. I MUST have one. soon. LOL

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  • Great review. Drilling straight down is always a struggle, especially in the absence of a drill press. Also, for a small shop like mine, its hard to fit in large machinery like a drill press or other things. I would love this product because of my limited space, and the ability to have a multi faceted tool in my repertoire as i continue to build my skills and increase the quality of my builds.

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  • Hey Pete great review I was eyeing these recently since have yet to get a drill press. I plan on building a newer and more function work bench with dog holes on the top to increase my clamping capabilities and one of these would help out with that by making sure my holes are perfect. Thanks for the opportunity and digging the new site man.

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  • Great review of a tool that would make an excellent addition to anyone’s shop. I could totally use one of these since I can never drill straight and a drill press is not anywhere in my budget. 🙂

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  • I’ve always had my eyes on one of these. I do a lot of dowel joinery and this would be perfect to drill dowel holes on top of a surface!

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  • Great review! I am making a Paulk workbench and could really use one of these to drill the dog holes!

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  • awesome review Pete. I could def use one of these in my tiny shop. My drill press is tiny so this would be perfect for larger pieces!

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  • Nice review. I have been wanting one of these for my assembly table build.

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  • Great review Pete, I would love to have one of these instead of buying some huge under used drill press. I can already see some places I could so have used this where my little drill press can’t reach. Great price too, thanks Pete.

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  • One of these would be great for large pieces that’s you can’t get to the drill press.

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  • I can see a lot of uses for this, very cool. I’d love to have one of these!

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  • Would love to have this for drilling dowel holes after a glue up.

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  • Amazing review Pete. I definitely want this! It’s so simple, but I love that it has a compartment for the chuck. I’m always losing that darn thing. Your reviews are on point! Great job my man!

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  • I need one of these because you know Morning Wood rarely screws straight. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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  • Great review Pete. What I like it the most is that it takes almost no space at all. For those of us with limited space, this is definitely a MUST have.

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  • This looks like a great tool to add to the arsenal for me. My woodworking skills aren’t well established to have an extensive amount of tools. I also can’t spend all my extra money on tools, so this could really help

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  • Great review Pete. I would love to win one these because like I said in the comments, it’s versatile as far as being able to use it on any size projects. I do large projects from farmhouse tables to small projects and projects around the house, so with tool I would be able to use it on any project I want. I have drill press, but I’m limited to what I can use it on because it’s only a 10”. It’s also a product that brings accuracy and has durability, which are two thing I look for in a product if possible, so that’s why I want to win one these. Thanks.

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  • Great review! I can see where having one of these would definitely come in handy!

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  • I don’t have a huge shop, or even a shop at all. And I’ve been thinking about investing in a drill press. But after seeing the size and the ease of this, I would love to try this out first. This review was very helpful! Thanks Pete!

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  • I’m going to be making a new bench and need to put some dog holes in. This thing would be perfect.

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  • Nice review. Love the attention to small details!

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  • That is so cool! I can sure see the benefit! There are a lot of times my work piece just won’t fit under my drill press.

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  • Awesome review. I’d love to have one in my shop to step up my dowell game

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  • This would help me take portable drilling to a whole new level and up my game .

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  • Good review! I need one because I don’t have a drill press and it does the SAME THING!

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  • Nate Ness BigN_In_Heaven October 6, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Pete I did not know these things existed. I would definitely use this for 90 Degree drilling because I believe but have not researched that Drill press’s are expensive. Great review .

    Love Nate

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  • I first saw you talk about this on IG, but your deeper thoughts and insight on your post above is very helpful. I don’t think I really knew something of this caliber was available. I don’t have a drill press and this would be a huge benefit for me. Thanks for sharing.

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  • A lot of my work is drilling a series of holes in various sizes, sometimes with steps or counter bores. If I win this guide I’d be able to keep the holes not only square to my workpiece but centered as I change bits and depths.

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  • We want one of these to use for drilling holes for our breadboards.

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  • Awesome review, definitely something I’d consider purchasing. I move around frequently due to my job, so I’m limitedby the amount and size of tools I purchase. This would definitely have a place in my shop instead of a drill press.

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  • Great review. I’d like to get one of those because I’ve ruined several projects with angle screws because I didn’t predrill at 90 degrees.

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  • I need the Milescraft 1318, because I too suffer from the inability to drill straight. I have spent many nights in my garage alone practicing and trying to overcome the embarrassing fact that I couldn’t drill a straight hole, even if my life depended on it. Pete please save me from my embarising non straight holes and send me the Milescraft 1318. My future projects depend on it.

    @divide_creek_woodworks

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  • This would be a great addition to my tools! With a limited work space this would be great and mobile and really expand my work capacity and skill set!

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  • Great job Pete,
    I need one of these drill mates, the reason is you just can’t fit everything on to a drill press. Looks like it would be good for large pieces.

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  • This looks like a tool every woodworker needs! While I’ve been woodworking for years, I only started my part time business venture a few months ago. That being said, I’m always learning about products out there that are new to me. I find the depth gauge stop on this to be a great feature! To many times I’ve gone to deep trying to use drill bit gauges and even the old tape trick. I’d love to add this to me arsenal!

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  • Very nice, I was planning to make some dog holes to my workbench, now thats the way to do it

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  • I can see this definitely being a game changer for both space and budget minded people (like myself). It would be a welcomed alternative to a drill press for my tiny shop.

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  • cool, after review need one these! for the work that i do in right angle..thanks

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  • After review, I need one these for the work that i do, in right angle, congrats pete and milescraft!!

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  • I love your review! I’d love to add this to our collection of tools! It would be so nice to be able to drill straight instead of all over the place. lol.

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  • Thanks for the review! This would be the perfect gift for my pops who seems to spend all his time woodworking now. Thanks milescraft and Pete for shinning light in this beautiful tool!

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  • This looks like a solid piece of equipment. Having just under a year of experience with woodworking, I have always been frustrated with loose holes due to the inaccuracy of free handing the task.

    Now it seems like with this product you can bring the drill press to your project instead of the impossible reverse.

    Great blog post, looking forward to seeing new ways of using this innovative tool.

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  • I could definitely use one of these in some of my builds. With no drill press I am always convincing myself that I am drilling “straight” enough

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  • Nice review.would love that.i have a very small drill press.it has its limits

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  • Seems like it would really benefit the small shop that doesn’t have room for a drill press.

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  • Great review. I can’t even imagine all the applications where this would be useful. So many times I’ve wanted to try to modify my little drill press to work on awkward shape pieces. This definitely needs to go in my shop.

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  • GREat stuff as always Pete. Need to add one of these to the arsenal. It’s crazy how hard it’s is to just drill a straight hole. Been getting the kiddos in the shop lately and this guy would come in handy and make things safer when they are getting after it. Keep up the good work!!

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  • Great review, this would definitely aid in my shop. I’ve been doing more table builds and breadboard ends with tenons and dowels thru the tenon. This would help drill thole holes perfectly straight. I’ve been seeing them pop up a lot on IG and for me it’s a must in the shop.

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  • It doesn’t matter how hard I try, I can never get consistent straight drilled holes. This product would go a long way in making me a more efficient woodworker.

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  • I have a small shop in my garage and everything has a perfect place. I don’t have room for a drill press, but I often times need to drill holes at a specific angle and depth, but I can never get it right. This would fit perfectly in my shop. Thanks for the great review.

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  • Here is my “Cooment belowe” 🙂

    I have plans in the very near future to make a work bench so this would be great for those perfectly straight dog holes.

    Moving forward after that it would be very handy when thing won’t find under the drill press.

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  • Great review! I need one of these bad boys for breadboard ends, too!

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  • Great review, product looks great. This would go a long way in my next project building my wife’s dining room table. The breadboard ends and truss base will be made much easier by drilling consistently straight

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  • Wether won or not I think this will be a new addition. Don’t have press that would even compare to the portability and accuracy this seems to have through your review. I’m in a single car garage shop and this guy fits the bill. Between the the non slip feet to the chuck, it wins. Great review for what seems to be a great product. I appreciate bringing this tool to light let alone the the possibility to winning it. Thanks dude, Keep it up. I enjoy the reviews on the blog, the YouTube and the intagram

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  • I do a lot of drilling on construction sites that require precision…….one of these would be perfect!

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  • Wow. Awesome tool to add to the tool shop. Being a newbie woodworker it it has d to drill freehand down into a piece while holding a 90• next to the drill and eyeballing it. This tool takes the hmmmm I wonder if it’s really straight or the angle your looking for. Even if I don’t win it would still buy it. I think it’s definitely a must in a small shop or hobbyists tool chest. Niceeeeeee.

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  • I want one because I can see it replacing my old clunky drill press for most drilling needs.

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  • Would love one of these. Much quicker and cheaper than getting a bansaw!! Thanks for the giveaway God Bless

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