Shelf pin jig plans - exploded.

If you want to make a cabinet with adjustable shelves, you need to drill adjustable shelf holes for pins. There’s no better way to do that, than with your own homemade adjustable shelf pin hole jig.

Here’s the video showing how I made this homemade adjustable shelf pin hole drilling jig:

I used two pieces of baltic birch plywood, that were laminated together for the base. And a piece of off cut oak for the fence. I printed the PDF template that you can find below and glued it to the baltic birch with spray adhesive. I then punched the center marks of the holes, and drilled out the holes with a 1/4″ brad point bit. The same bit that I will be using to drill the shelf pin holes.

Then I ripped and attached the reference fence. And finished the whole shelf pin hole drilling jig with tung oil.

I made a 3/4″ dowel out of some scrap, and drilled a 1/4″ hole through the center of it. This piece is going to be a stop so that the drill bit won’t go too deep into the cabinet.

If you have any questions about how I built this shelf pin hole drilling jig, leave me a comment on the video. Here’s a link to the shelf pin hole drilling jig video on YouTube.

Here are some rough plans showing the dimensions of this shelf hole pinning jig:

Shelf pin jig plans.

Shelf pin jig plans.

Shelf pin jig plans - exploded.

Shelf pin jig plans – exploded.

Shelf hole pin jig plans - Hole Layout

Adjustable shelf hole pin jig plans – Hole layout

PDF Template

Here’s the shelf pin jig layout PDF.

This PDF is scaled for 18″x24″ paper. Just send it down the the printer and you’ll have a scaled version for a few dollars.