5/8 or 16mm drill template

Forgive me if this has been mentioned or posted before. I did look and do a search.

Is there any plan or ETA for a 5/8” or 16mm drill template?

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No sorry we currently don’t have a 5/8 or 16mm version available. If enough people are interested we be happy to make some.

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I would absolutely be interested in a 16mm option! Thanks for the response Jason.

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I want a 5/8 template too please. Or use drill bushings? Not as much fun…

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Add me to the list for a 5/8 drill template please.

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@Ryanclark68 @vacadelsol @Desertsteel please help us understand the use case on the 5/8 or 16mm templates, do you already have tables on these systems?

What is the template being used for?

I plan to drill a 3/4” plate table, 6x9 ft for existing 5/8 fixtures…. Must be a bunch of us who want 5/8 …
Thanks
Vincent

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For me it’s all about keeping things standard. 5/8" with 2" hole spacing in a grid is the most plain, standard setup there is. If y’all didn’t offer 5/8" tooling, I probably would’ve looked for something else that was keeping with the rest of the industry. As good as it is it would just put it out of reach for me being too proprietary.

The fact that I can setup work stops, clamps and angles on my chop saw, drill press, welding table and circular saw station all using the same tooling is perfect for my needs.

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I’m with some_rando in keeping things consistent. Both my home shop and my employer use 5/8” hole size and tooling. We’ve invested thousands in these systems, and I simply want to be able to make my own fixture plates, tables, jigs etc. with the same hole size and pattern as the rest of my current tooling.

3/4” is undoubtedly the ideal size, but not for those of us who invested in the 5/8” system early when this was the only option in industry.

Thanks for being willing to ask questions and take feedback. Its very much appreciated.

Ryan Clark

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Hi— I already have a lot of your clamps and fixtures. I made a table with your drill press tables because it took a long time before your 12x 24 plates were available. My table is 36x40 on the air hydraulic base of Jasons design. I want to extend ,on outriggers , the size of my table as needed. Seems to work well and is pretty flat. I would like the jig to make a smaller plate to be able to use the clamps at the end of the outrigger. Being able to drill more accurate hole spacing would be a big help, thanks for the note Eli— pete

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I would buy a 16mm/50mm drill jig today if it were available. I’ve even thought about making my own. Even if you have a fixture table already, making another smaller one for the “dirty work” so you can use the existing tooling is a huge plus.

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I can confirm I would definitely order a 5/8" template as I have many places I would dearly like to use it. I attempted to use a 5/8 transfer punch on my fixture table (very accurate holes) and the tolerances were not tight enough due to the transfer punch not being tightly sized enough. This would definitely be on my list!

You can add me to the list. I may try to machine my own depending on how long it would be before you would build them.

You guys could always have some one make a bushing and drop to a 5/8" drill bushing into the 3/4’ one in the existing tool. Just a thought.
Hope that makes sense. You would have to go look at McMaster Carr and see what’s avaible in drill bushings. Or maybe FB tools could make a kit.

It would be far more accurate to press out the 3/4" drill bushings and press in ones for 5/8" or 16mm.

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That is true thanks for pointing that out. All you weed to know is the OD of the 3/4” bushings they use. That way you see what’s available.

I’d be amazed if it wasn’t a standard size like 1" or 1.25" or something like that. Fireball would have sourced the most economical option, which is almost always a standard size. Until the 3/4" drill jig is back in stock it’s sort of a moot point. If you buy a jig you can just press out a bushing and mic it and then order whatever you need.

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If it ever comes back into stock I may do that, it will add a lot to the price though. Bushings will be $5-$8 each.

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Maybe at some point he will have the bushings separate

It would make sense to me also if the drilling jig provided ordering options for which size holes one wanted: 5/8, 16mm, or 3/4. I don’t know what it takes to run production lines though, should they now make the jigs up with the different sized bushings pressed in, or should they leave it to the user to add the bushings? There would probably be some complaints from the peanut gallery regardless the option that was chosen…

–Larry

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