Kreg Pocket Hole System - Wood Plugs

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Blog entry by mnorusis posted 10-19-2009 07:30 PM 7719 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently purchased a Kreg Jig system for use in my first major project (an entry table/cabinet for the house). One major issue I have had is, after joining boards together for the table, the wooden Kerg plugs I purchased stick out of the pocket hole quite a bit. Filing and sanding these down took FOREVER (and at significant expense to my hands and arms).

So I looked through the LJ forums to see if anyone had a better way to resolve this…there just had to be a better way. I stumbled across a post where someone recommended just cutting your own plugs from a dowel, which would be more economical if I had not already bought the Kreg plugs, but I had so I wante dto use them.

That’s when I realized I could just cut 1/4” or a bit more off the back side of the plug, and then put them into the hold using needle-node plyers.

Sometimes the easiest solustions take a while to get to, but make the little things much easier to accomplish.

Not exactly rocket science, but hopefully someone else who is new to this as I am will come along and this will save them some frustration too.

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Mike Gager

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#1 posted 10-19-2009 07:47 PM

try using a router to flush trim the plug

also check out this

new pocket hole plug cutter from woodtek

the problem with using dowels is it may not be easy to match the grain of the pocket hole so it will be easy to see the plug

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#2 posted 10-19-2009 07:48 PM

Thats a great idea too…but I spent my October tool money on a table saw..the router is next month!

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#3 posted 10-19-2009 07:51 PM

i’ve used a pullsaw with something thin to keep the blade from cutting into my wood. Thinner than a credit card.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 10-19-2009 08:51 PM

Here’s a saw that I use to flush cut pegs.

Lee Valley

Note: You make your own pocket pegs with this saw. It’s easier to match woods and saves having to buy special pegs.

-- 温故知新

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#5 posted 10-19-2009 08:56 PM

I just hammer a regular 3/8” dowel into the hole. Then do what Karson said, and finish off with a block plane or chisel depending on the accessibility of the location.

-- Thuan

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#6 posted 10-19-2009 09:04 PM


that’s a very cool saw. Do you cut your own dowels from the left over pieces from your project to match the wood? If so, what do you use to make the dowels?

Thanks to everyone for all of the suggestions!

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#7 posted 10-20-2009 02:11 AM

I’m with Karson too – pull saw followed by either some chisel work or a block plane. You can use painters tape to protect the surface of the wood when you’re using the pull saw to protect it from the saw blade.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#8 posted 10-20-2009 03:03 AM

I use a dowel plate to make pegs and small dowels.
Google “dowel plate”

-- 温故知新

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#9 posted 10-20-2009 03:18 PM

I’ve always use a small block plane work wonderful…Blkcherry

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Kent Shepherd

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#10 posted 10-20-2009 11:18 PM

I vote block plane, unless they stick way out. Then I would use a flush saw.


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#11 posted 10-22-2009 03:00 AM

I have generally used a flush cutting saw and a bit of sanding afterward.

btw.. welcome to LumberJocks.


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