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Project by corydoras posted 1021 days ago 16969 views 32 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wanting to try out pocket hole joinery, I bought a pocket hole jig of ebay for $12 and a $8 stepped drillbit from Sears.
The toggle clamp is also a $8 clamp of ebay.

Soon to find that clamping this jig to the workpiece every time was timeconsuming.
So I made this jig based on the original Kreg K2 jig that sells for $255, yes you read correct, 255 USD, here in Norway

I works basically the same, and I made a slot to fit the jig i had, and also drilled and threaded a 6 mm hole in the pocket hole jig of ebay to make it slidable up and down as seen in picture 3,4 and 5, to siut different material thicknesess
It holds its position by tightening the knob seen in pic 5.

The hole jig is beeing held i place by a clamp on the workbench.

The newest Kreg jigs have the toggle clamp handle on the other side of the workpiece, making it easier to reach, but I have no problem reaching over to operate it.

-- ->Growing old is mandatory, Growing up is optional-<





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 1021 days ago

Very clever and $255 is a lot of money. So good work.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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JL7

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#2 posted 1021 days ago

Good one! I might try this idea as well – thanks!

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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sarahss

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#3 posted 1021 days ago

very good idea and great $ saving tip

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Eduardo Licona

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#4 posted 1021 days ago

thanks for sharing….

-- Eduardo Licona

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 1021 days ago

WOW , $255 !! Great project that saved you so much money in the end : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Bricofleur

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#6 posted 1021 days ago

Great job! I’m glad you were able to provide height adjustment.

I have a comment though. I noticed traces of pilot holes in the base of your jig. Kreg Company suggests you don’t drill through the stock to prevent tearout that would compromise tight joints.

By the way, Kreg’s lastest version has the toggle clamp in the back, like prior models. You did it right!

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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ChuckM

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#7 posted 1021 days ago

Great shop-made pocket hole jig. Serge is right about not drilling through the stock. The joint can break off on the endgrain side if it’s under great stress.

By the way, for those in Norway who want to buy a K4 jig (I think K2 is being phased out?), you can get it for $99 Cdn here:

http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=61977&cat=1,180,42311,46275

It’s free shipping if you order it before Sept 26.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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corydoras

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#8 posted 1021 days ago

Thanx for the positive comments all of you:
@Serge: the holes in the bottom are from the drillbit indeed, I lent it to a friend of mine, and he was not aware of this, and I also suspect that he did not use self boring screws, so mabye that is why he did it, i dont know.

@ChuckM: Free shipping to Canada and US unfortunately:(

One thing I am considering is to drill an dust extraction port on the back, like the original, to get rid of the chips, so I do not have to eject the bit so many times during drilling to remove the chips

-- ->Growing old is mandatory, Growing up is optional-<

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gtpreacher

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#9 posted 1021 days ago

Sometimes those holes in the base get there when someone forgets to reset the stop collar after he’s changed the material thickness. Someone like me, that is.

-- Phil, North Carolina

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StumpyNubs

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#10 posted 1021 days ago

I always wonder why companies sell a piece of plastic with a little metal for a couple hundred dollars. It likely costs less than five bucks to make them, and they mark that up way beyond what most people are willing to pay! I’m all for businesses making money, but to me, that just seems like bad business…

Anyway, you beat them at their own game, bravo to you!

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Woodwrecker

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#11 posted 1021 days ago

Man O Man. I can’t believe how much that thing is in Norway.
You did a nice job working up an affordable solution.

-- Having fun...Eric

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Doug Scott

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#12 posted 1021 days ago

Good for you ! now I know that I’m not the only guy the makes his own jigs, made one bout 10 years ago, but I was working in a furniture factory and acquired the slide holder.

Keep up the good work. I’m now a self employed furniture builder and still like saving money that way.

-- Furniture By Douglas, Comstock Park, MI

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cdbridge39

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#13 posted 1021 days ago

Awesome !!! I have one of those cheap pocket hole jigs, I think I might try that too.

-- If it ain't broke don't fix it, if you fix it make it better than it has to be.

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steliart

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#14 posted 1012 days ago

Very nice!
Thx

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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CaptClaude

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#15 posted 259 days ago

Are the pocket hold drill bits in Norway metric? All of the jigs I have seen that look like the one you used all include 6, 8 & 10mm inserts. The standard pocket hole step drill bit we have here in the US us 3/8” (~9.5mm) so a 10mm insert would be too big.

I did follow your lead and buy a linear motion toggle clamp from Ebay, however. Thanks for the suggestion.

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