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Hi folks,

I recently made a handy printed sheet of templates to help me center the screw pilot holes for 2x4 and 2x6 butt joints:

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The idea behind these templates is that you cut one out from the printout, lay it where you want to drill the pilot holes for a butt joint, then use a spring-loaded punch through the paper to mark the workpiece. These can be used for 4x4s as well - I used a 2x4 template twice to drill the four holes for my 4x4 mailbox arm:

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The templates are reusable until you lose them, they get too crumpled to work with, or the hole in the paper gets too hogged out. A PDF file is attached to this message. When you print it, BE SURE TO CHANGE THE SCALE TO 100% rather than "fit to page"! You want to be sure the PDF is printed 100% to scale, rather than squeezed into the margins of your current PDF printing settings.

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Post #70123 by chrispitude » Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:58 pm

If you need a spring-loaded punch, this one at your local Harbor Freight would do the trick:

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Item 621: Spring Loaded Center Punch

This is what I have and it works fine for my modest needs. It's normally $4.99, currently on sale for $2.99.

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