While I cannot be called a die hard fan of pocket hole joinery, I’ll admit it has some uses. Such a use came about today as I was completing a project (to be posted in a day or two). This method of making pocket holes without an expensive jig I saw in a video by Steve Carmichael. (the link starts the video right at the part I’m talking about).
[Above] These are the tools I used to do this procedure. Your choices may vary. I’m using a 3/8 inch spade bit, 1/8 in. twist drill and 2 in. bugle head deck screws. [Below] Even though I used bugle headed deck screws, I put a small washer on each one so that they wouldn’t just crank on through and split the wood. It worked.
[Below] Having marked a spot about 1-1/2 in. from the edge of my board, I drilled in with a 3/8 in. spade bit. As you go in (slowly) start angling the drill towards the piece you want to attach to. Drill in until the hole is ’deep enough to take the screw head and the washer’, about 1/2 inch.
[Below] Now switch to the twist drill and drill a pilot hole along the same angle.
[Below] As you might expect, now you screw in the screw. I did mine by hand so that I could feel when it was tight enough. I didn’t plug the holes, but that is an option.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!