When I first started woodworking I had no idea what a pocket hole was. I did not have hardly any equipment to what I wanted but I knew I had an interest in it. If you are like me or have been experienced for in woodworking for a while you know how one tool can change your whole outlook on woodworking.
One of those tools is the Kreg Pocket Hole Jig. What the heck is a pocket hole anyways? A pocket hole is a joinery process where a hole is drilled, usually around 15 degrees, and the hole stops near the edge of the wood without going through. This sets the “Pocket” for a screw to go into and then drill into another piece of wood, securely joining them together.
If you know what the term, toe nailing a 2×4 stud is….it’s kind of like that but the head of the screw is counter sunk below the surface.
Pocket Hole joinery is very common in cabinet making, shelving or desks. The pocket is hidden on a part of the wood piece and is usually hidden underneath or behind the piece in front.
Kreg gives you a lot of options when it comes to their Pocket Hole Jigs. You can buy a single hole system, two or three hole system or a complete clamping system so you always have what you need. Below I am going to show you the different systems and build up from the basic to the complete kit. As you can expect, the pocket hole systems get more expensive the farther down we go.
That being said, I have not found a better system for pocket holes. These are extremely strong joints and the system is well-thought-out.
Please check out this short 8 minute video. It shows how the Kreg Pocket Hole Jig is used much better than I can.
The first one I want to introduce to you is this one. It is as simple as you can get. It has one jig for one hole. These are nice for the tight spots you may need to get into to create the pocket hole such as table or furniture repairs. This jig comes with a 3/8-inch step drill bit, depth collar, and Allen wrench. As you can see on the bit, it has a point that will pre-drill a hole where the screw will go into. This helps keep wood from splitting.
This is the cheapest selection of Pocket Hole Jigs but don’t let that fool you that this is of cheap quality. Instead of buying the recommended vise clamps for the Kreg Jig tools I used my own Vise Grips to hold it tight to the material and this plastic housing holds up super to it.
This is a pretty good little set up. It comes with clamp and housing for the clamp. You can see the vise clamp here that I was talking about above. This kit includes a long square tip bit to easily reach the screw when securing the material. All Kreg screws take a square bit, this keeps the bit from skipping like Phillips screws do. This system makes for easy adjustments for materials 1/2-Inch to 1-1/2-Inch thick.
This pocket hole system is starting to get more serious. Instead of using a special clamp or vise clamp it has its own clamping system. The drill guide block is easily moved up or down and has a measure device on the side for easy adjustment. The drill guide block is adjustable for various material thicknesses. This system also has the long screw bit, some screws and wooden plugs to hide the pocket hole when finished. The drill block can also be used for repairs or alone like the mini pocket hole jig above.
This pocket hole system has a five star rating with over 900 reviews.
The granddaddy of them all is this K5 Pocket Hole system. It has everything that the K4 system has and more. The additional features of the K5 pocket hole system has the two wings that shoot off each side as seem in the picture. These are used to hold extra screw, bits and a larger platform to square up your material. It features a ratcheting lever system that adjusts without tools or lock nuts.Conclusion
Which one is right for you?
As you can see, Kreg Pocket Hole Jigs give you many options to choose from. In each system you can order more than the basic such as screws, clamps and drill bits. If you are looking for the basic then this is what I have showed you in each system. Kreg offers much more than just pocket hole systems and have expanded their tool line to include almost anything involving clamping. The Kreg Pocket Hole Jig is just one of such tools.
If you are just beginning your journey in woodworking then I would recommend the Mini jig system or the R3 Pocket Hole system. I have been very happy with the Mini system and have gradually moved up as my woodworking became more serious. Each of these system makes it easy to place your pocket holes and the jig makes it almost impossible to screw it up…pun intended! If this article was any help to you please click a like button and subscribe for notification of future posts by me. Please also take a second to look around at the other articles already here.
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