What it Does

What a Kreg JIg does is nothing new, pocket holes have been used since ancient Egyptian times when wooden dowels were used in pocket holes. Until the Kreg JIg came along pocket holes were either carved out with a gouge , or drilled with a Forstner bit using a jig on a drill press. Despite rumors to the contrary they are a method of traditional joinery, however they were used only when necessary and usually well hidden. They can be found in many quality pieces of furniture by reputable craftsmen.

Unfortunately with the advent of the Kreg Jig they are often over used in ways that do not always make the best joint or look attractive, hence many traditionalist tend to look down upon their use.

Using a Kreg Jig

Whether you are building indoor furniture and cabinets, doing home repairs or building outdoor projects such as fences and decks this is one of the handiest tools you can have in your arsenal.

There are three steps to making a simple butt joint.

1. Clamp jig to board.
2. Drill holes
3. Align and drive screws.

Other joints are made just as easily.

Common Uses:

Cabinet assembly, all parts can be cut in your shop, transported to the job site and assembled there, no need for a large van to haul the cabinets.

Table top aprons, drill on ends into legs.

Picture frames, fasten the miters securily with screws.

Fences and decks, join the rails to the posts.

Fix squeaky floors, place the jig on the floor joist pointing up at the floor, drive a screw through the hole in the jig to hold it in position and drill for the screw.

Kreg Jig® K5 Pocket Hole System
The Kreg Jig®K5 incorporates the best features of every Kreg Jig®that came before, with upgrades you’ve never seen. That starts with a convenient front- mounted clamping mechanism that you can adjust without tools or adjusting nuts to match your workpiece thickness. Just slide the clamp into place, “click” the large clamp handle, and your jig is set to hold your workpiece tight every time. Plus, you’ll get large support wings to hold your workpiece steady—and they have storage compartments inside. Add in a batch of other great features like a standard swiveling dust-collection port, spring-loaded stop for the Drill Guide Block, and, of course, the ability to remove the Guide Block for portable use, and you have, quite simply, the most advanced Kreg Jig®yet

Kreg Jig® K5 Pocket Hole System

Kreg Jig® K5 Pocket Hole System
Kreg DB110 ''Foreman'' Semi-Automatic Pocket Machine
If your production needs have outpaced a manual jig, look to the Kreg Foreman Pocket Machine to handle the job. Compact, semi-automatic machine creates the same round-sided hole as the manual Kreg Jig in a fraction of the time. Entirely electric - no compressed air needed! Lever operated, 1 second cycle time. 3/4 HP electric motor.

Kreg DB110 ''Foreman'' Semi-Automatic Pocket Machine

Kreg DB110

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Assembly Clamps

These special clamps hold the sections of your project in place so you can drive the screws and not have them shift out of position in the process.

Make Your Own

Cut one of the enlarged ends off a locking clamp with a hacksaw, then file it to fit in the hole.

Slip a rubber bumper on the other end so it will not mar the outside of your cabinet.

Kreg Screws

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Maxiloc Head

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Pan Head

There are two styles of screws, pan head and Maxiloc, pan head are used for thinner material, 5/8" thick or less as they have a smaller diameter head that will not protrude above the surface of the wood.

There are different thread types available, fine for hardwoods, coarse for hardwoods as well as a combination style called a Hi-lo that works with either type of wood.

Screws also come in different grades of material for different uses, zinc, bluecoat or stainless.

Kreg Screw Length Chart

Recommended lengths using material of like thicknesses.
If the material you are joining to is not the same thickness use the screw length recommended for the thinner stock. Some experimentation is required to ensure adequate thread engagement and avoid punch through. You can adjust by either changing the screw length or adjusting the depth stop.

Material Thickness
1 1/8"
1 1/4"
1 3/8"
1 1/2"
Screw Length
1 1/4"
1 1/2"
1 1/2"
1 1/2"
2 1/2"

Kreg Pocket Hole Project Plans on CD

Kreg Pocket Hole Projects CD

Includes plans for 15 unique projects, all displayed as PDF files with complete materials lists and drawings. Each project shows you how to make the best use of easy pocket hole joinery. Plans are easily printable from your home computer for easy reference as you work.

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