Introduction: How to Make a Pocket-Hole
In this Instructable you will learn how to use a Kreg Jig to make a pocket-hole.
Step 1: Materials
The Tools & Materials Used in this Instructables:
- BLACK+DECKER Drill
- STANLEY Folding SAE Hex Key Set
- KREG K4MS Jig Master System
- KREG 2 1/2" Pocket-Hole Screws
Resource for Spaces Labeled "A" "B" and "C"
Step 2: Securing the Jig
The first step to making a pocket hole is securing the jig so it does not move out of place while making the hole. I've noticed some of my peers prefer to just hold the jig down and then screw it to the table- however I like to clamp it first so the grip is better. I prefer to clamp then screw the jig to the table.
Step 3: Measuring the Depth of the Wood
For the next step once everything is put in place and secure, you want to measure the depth of the wood. Once you have the depth you want to adjust the measurement to match the ruler on the side of the jig.
Step 4: Adjusting the Collar
After setting the correct measurement on the side you want to do the same thing for the drill bit. Using a HEX Key depending on what size your collar uses, you're going to slightly turn it counter-clockwise. Just enough for the collar to loosen so the bit can be adjusted to the same measurement as before. For both "rulers" you will be using the same measurements which is the board thickness. A very crucial and important step, if not followed through perfectly the bit will go through the material you're using.
Step 5: Final Touches
Now that everything has been adjusted you are now able to add your material. The final thing to do now is adjust the clamp so the material is secured and won't throttle around everywhere as you begin drilling. Remember not too make it too tight but just enough to hold it in place. Now you can begin drilling and depending on how many holes you want to make you're able to readjust the material.
Now that everything is prepared properly, you can choose which pocket holes you believe would best suit your project. As seen in the second picture I labeled the different slots you can drill through. As found Kreg's website, holes A & B are used for 2"-3" wide material. Holes A & C are used for 3"-4", as for 1"-2" width of material it's recommended from the website you use B & C.
Step 7: Clean the Excess & Drill
Once the desired hole is drilled, I recommend lightly tapping your material upside down to get rid of the excess wood flakes inside. Once cleaned the pocket hole is revealed. In class from my instructor I learned that it's best to use pocket-hole screws, a little collar attached to the brim of the screw acts as a built in washer. Which prevents the screw from becoming loose. Congratulations you now have a pocket-hole.
4 years ago
Thanks for sharing your tips! This is still something I've been meaning to try - need to go buy a jig!