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jlmran 01-13-2012 09:11 PM

Kreg jig
Anybody here own/use a kreg pocket screw jig? Curious about function/performance.

joecaption 01-13-2012 09:16 PM

Simple to use and works great. I use mine all the time from cabinets, attaching 2 X 4 hand railing from the sides, joining two wide pieces of wood together when doing glue ups ect.
Do not buy just the single hole cheap set. Buy the bigger set. It will come with more parts, screws, tapered dowels for filling the drilled holes.
You will also need to buy the special vise grip for holding it in place when drilling.

titanoman 01-13-2012 09:18 PM

Is that that clamp that has guides for drilling holes on an angle?

joecaption 01-13-2012 09:40 PM

Yes it is.
As the screw goes in it pulls the to pieces togeter really tite.
There used all the time to attach rails and stiles in cabinets.

jlmran 01-13-2012 09:51 PM

Are you limited to using only "kreg" screws?

joecaption 01-13-2012 11:57 PM

Works best with them, but I use ceramic coated ones when doing decks.
A Kreg screw has a flat wide head for more holding power and less chance of splitting out the wood. There also the corrct lengths.
The jig is adjustable for differant thicknesses of wood.

woodworkbykirk 01-14-2012 07:14 AM

you dont have to use the kreg brand screws specifically, there are other companies who make washer head screws that are cheaper. you can also get away with using pan head screws in a pinch.

its essentially a toe screw with a jig that creates a counter bore... one very important tool you will need to buy along with the jig is the face frame clamp. as you tighten the screw first peice of wood will want to be drawn downwards which creates a uneven joint on the face.. the clamp will hold them both tight which will then require very little sanding

Daniel Holzman 01-14-2012 07:45 AM

I have the "extended" (read more expensive) model, with all the bells and whistles. I originally thought I would use it instead of my biscuit joiner for face frames, but after a couple of tests, I prefer the biscuit joiner for frames. However, I found the Kreg jig extremely useful when I built my deck, which I was not expecting. I used it to install the rails to the posts, and it worked very nicely. You can use extended length screws (ceramic coated as previously discussed, non-Kreg screws) if you overdrill the hole using a long bit (I have a 1/8 inch aircraft bit I used). Works really well.

The jig is also useful for repairs, I had a problem with a door that broke, and I made a repair using the Kreg.

I don't think it will replace traditional joinery, although there are those who use if for everything, probably some people make waffles with it. But it certainly has its place.

loneframer 01-14-2012 07:53 AM

I own this fixture and it does everything I need it to do. Built very sturdy, all metal construction.

If you have their 20% off coupon, it can be had for under 50 bucks.:thumbsup:

jlmran 01-14-2012 10:14 AM

Thanks for the comments.

woodworkbykirk 01-14-2012 05:53 PM

whoa $40 cheaper for the hf compared to the kreg

as for using the jig itself, i love them. though it doesnt get used regularly it gets me out of all kinds of odd trim situations when using stain grade material where i cant get the correct width of material for a jamb extension in icf walls. or with composite decking where a odd framing detail creates a odd size board at the nosing where the stairs start. it creates a near seamless joint between two peices of wood or composite

joecaption 01-14-2012 08:52 PM

I had an odd ball problum with a cheap vanity a customer had bought. They had stood on the countertop and broke it. Come to find out the vanity was 3-1/2' narrower then the top needed to fit.
I added 2 pieces of 1 X 4 finish pine that had been primed and painted to the back sides with my Craig tool. Unless you were looking for it no one would know there's a a new piece added.
When I've tryed biskets there is still no way to draw the two pieces together tight without clamps and I always seem to end up slightly out of alignment and need to sand.

woodworkbykirk 01-15-2012 03:55 PM

yup, gotta love how the screw IS the clamp

PaliBob 01-16-2012 04:13 AM

I use Kreg Pocket Hole Jigs mainly for all types of furniture repairs including: chairs, tables, and desks. For repairs I usually use the Kreg Mini which is what Kreg calls the single hole jig. In many cases, like for chair rungs the Mini is the only way to go.

The jig by itself runs ten bucks but to do any type of pocket hole work you also need the stepped counterbore bit, and stop collar, a face clamp for the jig, and a 6" #2 square driver bit (included in larger kits). The Mini Kit does also not include a depth gauge to set the stop collar (included in larger kits).

Here is a sample of the different Kreg Pocket Hole Tools:

and a video:

PaliBob 01-16-2012 04:45 AM

My Criticism of the HF $60 Jig
My criticism of the $60 HF Portable Pocket Hole Jig Kit:

Generally I'm a big fan of HF. But this is not a Jig Kit.
The $60 price does not include the step counterbore drill, stop collar, 6" driver bit,or a drill depth gauge.
While the HF jig itself may work fine for new construction it would be useless to me for any types of repairs.

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