Be Innovative

Posted 11/06/17


5-Star Products and Service

"I have purchased two Milescraft products:

The Pantograph is great! Good quality, and with some practice, it works very well. It was easy to set up. I have made several letter signs at my garage hobby shop bench and each sign looks better. I have set the bit at 1/16th" and 1/8" depth. I have also used three different bits. I've adjusted for different size lettering. All works fine; but, I've learned practice is important to get happy results with bragging rights! Important - watch the Milescraft videos carefully! No issues with this Pantograph. It is a 5-star product.

The SignPro I bought is also great! Good quality. You will need to figure out how to store the letters/numbers for quick and easy access. I used an old gray cash box for a storage box for the letters, and with a couple of 1/4" plywood dividers, it works really well. Important - watch the Milescraft videos carefully. They are very helpful. It is a 5-star product.

The best part of these two products is the outstanding customer service! I had a few questions I directed to Milescraft and the service was above and beyond. Jessica Randall handled my Milescraft questions with interest, a professional attitude, and is a pleasure to work with. She is a product use expert and was an immediate help with my product use questions.

-George Gabbert, Pueblo, CO

Posted 10/03/17


Up Close with the Milescraft 1318 DrillMate

"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 woodworker's shop.

Like all things made by Milescraft, the AccuDrillMate 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 I’m drilling at an angle with accuracy. The AccuDrillMate makes it so easy. The 2 knobs at the top of the unit will loosen allowing you to set the knobs at 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, clamp it down and you’re ready to drill. It’s as simple as that.

Like a drill press, the AccuDrillMate 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 AccuDrillMate 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 that’s me), there’s a convenient place to store it in one of the rubber grommets.

Even with a drill attached, 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 AccuDrillMate’s price tag, you may not use this all the time, but those couple times a week I use it I’m so glad I have it. You get perfect professional results every time at an affordable price.

Visit Pete’s Blog for more information on the AccuDrillMate and to see the tool in use:


-Pete Dettorre, Bellingham, MA

Posted 03/17/17


JointPro and Dust Router

"I have had my eye on these tools for a while now and was excited to use them. I have wanted the JointPro for several projects, and the Dust Router is a great addition to my war on dust.

The first project I wanted to use JointPro for was a simple frame for a mirror, I was upcycling an old desk into a vanity table and wanted to add a mirror to it. I figured I would start with a simple project so I good get comfortable with the JointPro. The JointPro allowed me to create strong mitered joints using just wood glue and Milescraft fluted dowels. In addition, I had to route a ½” rabbet (1/8’ deep) and ¼” rabbet (3/8” deep) along the inside edge at the back of the frame to mount the mirror and install a LED strip to illuminate the mirror. This allowed me to use my router and the Milescraft Dust Router.

First impressions of the Dust Router weren’t good, I didn’t like how the dust cap was attached to the underside of my router lift. The instructions required you to drill into the router lift to screw the mounting plate into the router lift. I didn’t want to do this as my router lift was an expensive purchase and didn’t want to drill into it. I used Gorilla tape to attach the mounting plate and that seems to be working well so far. Maybe the mounting plate can be attached using magnets instead of screws. Second impressions were a lot better, when I started using my router with the Dust Router I was thoroughly impressed by the dust collection of this system. Everyone knows that routers spray dust everywhere, but this system was able to contain all the dust, with very minimal clean up required after use. Less clean up means more time for projects which is a huge bonus especially for someone like me who balances a full-time job with my woodworking business.

First impressions of the JointPro were very good, right out of the box the jig seems simple to use, the instructions are very detailed for each joint you can create using the JointPro. I wanted to create 45-degree miters and the JointPro made it very easy, I could set the jig up within minutes by clamping the jig down to my work bench and then clamping my material into the jig. I then began drilling the holes for each dowel. I choose to drill 3 dowels per joint as I wanted the joint to be as strong and stable as possible. I was using ¾” pine to make the frame, therefore I used 3/8” jig holes and fluted 3/8” dowels (1-1/2” long). I drilled all holes in less than 5 minutes, I then did a dry fit and everything lined up perfectly. My only issue with the JointPro is that there is no way to collect the sawdust, so although it didn’t take long to drill the holes, I had to spend another 5 minutes sweeping up all the sawdust.

Once I had drilled the holes and routed the rabbet’s I could begin the glue-up. This again was another easy process due to the accuracy of the JointPro. Once the glue had dried I took the frame out of the clamps, since the joints were so accurate it took very little sanding to get the joints smooth.

Both the JointPro and Dust Router are inexpensive products but the value they add to my shop and woodworking business far exceeds the initial cost to buy these items. I would recommend these products to any aspiring woodworker.

-Ryan Webb - SuperWood Workshop, Aloha, OR