Supereasy Cheap Pockethole Jig




Introduction: Supereasy Cheap Pockethole Jig

About: Electromechanic with a woodworking hobby who interesses in random projects...

here's a way to make a jig pretty fast and cheap. don't worry, you don't need the tools i use. a simple handsaw can a drill can to the same.

Step 1: Get a Straight Beam and Saw It

  • get some good wood (i took pretty strong hardwood since it lasts longer.
  • saw it to lenght as straight as possible. i mitersaw or sawbox would help a lot!
  • the regular angle of a pocket hole is about 18 to 24degrees. so we drag a 22.5degrees line over the side of the wood so we can cut it later on. now we know the lengt we need to cut the wood to lenght.
  • next put some holes in it where you like them to be. 1,2 or 3 holes, all is possible. just make sure they are at the same line!
  • next drill the hole completely trough the wood. it is important that it is perfect in line with the wood to make it allinged afterwards. bad allignment=bad pocketholes!

Step 2: Sawing It at an Angle

i did mine with the mitersaw. it was a bit of a hassle since the way i want it to saw is not the normal thing on a miter. a mater can get a max degree of 45° and i needed a lot more.


i turned the block 90° so i only needed a corner of 22.5°. to prevent it from moving a put some extra wood on the side and press it to the saw.

you can do this with a simple handsaw as well when you are pretty good at sawing straight with care (i did it ones and it worked too.) just make sure it is very very striaght and on the right angle.

Step 3: Glueing the Two Triangles Together

so now you have 2 triangles with holes in them.

put strong wood glue on the back and join them for the night like on the picture.

next day you can saw off the small sharp edges and sand them for esthetic look.

you can finish with some paint or varnish.

Step 4: First Test

putting a kreg drill into the drill(it my own made version of a normall HSS drill for metal.more later)

you see it looks pretty nice.

Step 5: Final Word

on these pics you see the drill where i had a tons of questions of.

it is not REAL kregjig drill. it is a normal HSS metal drill that has been manipulated.

how to manipulate?

i have put my drill into the drillpress and set it to full speed rotating in the air.

next i took my anglegrinder(yes, i'm crazy...) and made the diameter of the first 20mm of the drill smaller be holding the anglegrinderdisc spinning in opposit direction against is. slowly the diameter became smaller to the diameter i needed. next i resharpened all edges just like you would have sharpen any normal drill. it works like a charm, so me happy...

hope it works just as well for you as it has worked for me in the past.

don't forget the jig is a comsumable. if doing tons of pocketholes you will need to make some of them. they can wear out.



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    17 Discussions


    When drilling the holes, how deep do you go? At half point of the length of wood piece?

    Nice project, I'll make one. However I wonder where you got the drill from. Looks like you have a drill with a thin top specific made for the jig. Can you buy that in a regular hardware store?

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    yes, those drills are homemade ;-). it is a typical Metalcutting HSS drill. i iput it on the drillpress at a rotating speed and use my angrinder with cuttingwheel or flapsanderdisc to make the circle/width of the first 20mm smaller. then i just reshapen it a bit so it cuts like a kreg drillbit. not that hard actually. just be carefull when going crazy with the anglegrinder :P. friendly greetings, Jörgen

    JörgenBörg explained how he made it, but if you're not nutso enough to grind a spinning drill bit with an angle grinder :-) yes they are usually available in a big-box hardware store that sells kreg parts. I also got one online for a few bucks a while back. Pure Chinesium, but it works in my 3-d printed version :-)

    hey, that wasn't nutso, i wore my glasses :P . but, yes, if you don't know what you are doing, things like this can harm you. fun though ;-)

    What a super alternative to those very pricey commercial jigs! Thank you for sharing this technique with us.

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    What a perfect little jig - I hadn't realized how strong they could be for joints. Thanks for the great instructable.

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    thanks,friend, they are use a lot, and with some extra woodglue they are pretty solid :-)

    I have made these in the past, yes they do work well too and save a lot of money vs. buying a jig. ☺

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    for me it's not only the money, but the idea not to have to go to the store for everything. i love to build stuff, so why not the tools for it :-). but it's a fact: KREG is pretty pricey for what it is. i could make replcicas with my 3D printed if i like. but 3D printing is still not something everyone can do, so i rather build on in wood, my passion ;-). friendly greetings, Jörgen

    this is great, thanks! I would love a kreg jig but, while invaluable, they're rather expensive. Perhaps, to make yours last longer, you could epoxy some metal tube into the holes?

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    hey my friend, i indeed also made a version with steel pipes pressed in them. in the video you see i'm actually making two versions. the simple one that i also explain and a harder one where i insert the steel pipes. the steel pipeversion lasts longer, but is harder and more expensive to make :-).

    Friendly greetings,