This is the culmination of a few years of experimenting with the best way to drill holes in skis. This drill guide has the same size bushing as a standard ski jig, so any stepped drill bit is compatible. A thin textured rubber pad on the base ensures that the guide block stays put once you clamp it in place. The tethered centering pin fits tightly into the bushing and aids in centering the bushing over a center punched dimple, paper template, or existing hole. You no longer need a steady hand to drill holes in skis with confidence!
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Posted by SB on 7th Oct 2022
This is a great invention for the DIY'r. The issue it is trying to solve is the bit walking sideways on metal sheet ski which causes the hole to be off center. This drill block is great but make sure you clamp it pretty hard to the ski. I still feel a 1/16" pilot is probably necessary to ensure the hole stays put. To me this is an added safety measure, I drill a 1/16" then a 3/32", then I drill the final hole with this block tool.
Posted by Unknown on 30th Sep 2022
a must if you are hand drilling to stay on mark, especially with metal top sheets. once you use this you will see how your bit really wants to wonder even with starter punch . this keeps it steady. clamp it tight and no worries.
Posted by Eli Sand on 31st Aug 2022
Using this guide block is so much easier than dealing with a drill press and trying to line everything up properly. With this, one clamp and I can easily center this and clamp it down, then drill or tap the hole quickly and accurately.
I only wish it came with additional drop-in hole guides for a standard alpine tap since that's narrower than the hole in this block (though, not that complicated to make your own if needed).
Posted by Micah on 16th Sep 2019
This is functional and simple. It works well if you don't have a drill press and would prefer more precision than free handing.
Posted by Joedabaker on 13th Apr 2019
This is a pretty handy tool for drilling skis and tapping the hole for Binding Freedom inserts. If I am methodical and mindful I can put my inserts on without any issues. I pulled the rubber padding off the bottom of the block because it was causing the block to shift slightly, even when double clamped. Fortunately the adhesive residual on the block secures it much better to the ski no more drift or sliding of the block. I also use two clamps so it won't wobble off course.
Posted by Ian Swope on 6th Apr 2018
For mounting without a drill press or jig, this block works well. The centering plug works beautifully for putting the block's hole directly over the punched center detent (or old mounting hole.) and the block keeps the hole nice and vertical. That said, there is a little accuracy problem in that even when clamped, the block will move a little when the bit bites into the topsheet. I don't know if a thinner rubber pad would help? I've never had a binding not fit at all, but it does mean that the inserts can sometimes be a little off making the screws harder to fit. I've found using a drill press gives me more accuracy.
Posted by John Baumeister on 4th Apr 2018
I used to work in a shop and had access to jigs. I always hated paying to get skis mounted because I know how easy it is to do, but with out the right tools I couldn't bring myself to do it. This tool got me over that. It is not as fast as a jig, but with a little time spent it is can be every bit as accurate. I print my templates on heavy card stock paper which not only stays straight when taping it down it gives the point of the centering bar something to bite into.
Posted by Unknown on 26th Dec 2017
Can't imagine drilling straight enough for inserts without this guide block. It's slightly unsteady due to the cutout for the rubber strap, so do yourself a favor and clamp it down rather than just holding it with your hand.
Posted by Michael on 26th May 2017
I was skeptical about needing this for my mount, but after using it I must say it was totally worth it. While it is definitely possible to drill straight by eye, this just took a lot of the stress out of the process. Maybe even more useful than as a drill guide was using this as a guide for the tap. Way less stressful and it allowed me to have much more confidence in my tap orientation. On previous mounts without a guide I was constantly scared that I my drill or tap wasn't perfectly vertical. With this guide, all that fear is gone and you just have to make sure the hole or drill mark is centered.
Posted by Stefaan on 2nd May 2017
This drill block makes a challenging tech install a doable prospect for those considering the DIY binding process. Indispensable - simple and easy to use - priceless.
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