Make a corset grommet jig for a Homepro LR tool in two hours.
This tutorial will show you how to make a corset jig for any grommet press machine. Simply measure the height of the base to purchase the proper thickness wood.
Here is your supply list. Items can be purchased at your local home improvement store, or on Amazon.com. See end of post for quick links.
Three quarter inch wood is easier to find at home improvement stores. The base will line up with bottom of tool as in this tutorial.
One inch wood lines up with bottom die so the corset lies flat during grommeting.
Remove the bottom set screw and any tool dies before taking measures. This video walks you through the measuring process.
The completed outline.
Drill a hole large enough to fit the jigsaw blade.
Cut out entire outline.
After cutting the outline out.
Measure a straight line down the side of the tool through the lower three lines.
Put in the set screw. If you measured correctly, the set screw should lie smack dab on center of the set circle line.
Measure a half inch on either side of the screw placement for a total width of one inch.
Cut out with jigsaw. The resulting space will be enough room to turn the set screw with your fingers.
Using a 5/32" drill bit, drill two holes at the marked locations. Screw in bolts from the wrong side.
If needed, use any large drill bit to make a countersink so the screw heads lie flush with the wood. Just give it a few turns to make the countersink - no drill needed.
Grommet spacers added!
Put your sample corset in the jig. Line up the edge of the wood ruler along the center back of the corset.
Mark the ruler placement on the far side all the way across.
While keeping the corset sample in place, nail in the ruler with one nail on each side.
Remove the top and bottom dies. Slip in the tool. Put the dies back in.
Your brand new jig thingy is ready to use. Hurray!
Try it out! For 1/4" #0 grommets, use 8PT and 8PB to punch the holes. Use 8ET and 8EB to set the grommets.
For 3/16" #00 grommets, use 6PT and 6PB to punch the holes. Use 6ET and 6EB to set the grommets. You can replace the 6EB with 6DB to set the grommet with no ring indentation.
Even though this tutorial is specific to the HomePro LR, you can use the same steps to make a base for any grommet press. Simply measure the height of the base to purchase the proper size thickness wood, purchase #8 flat-slotted machine bolts that are ½” larger than the wood thickness, and follow the directions starting at the video.