Pocket Hole Jig... Jig

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Project by jeffwedekind posted 03-12-2014 10:41 PM 4670 views 23 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Followed the ideas of many other Lj’s out there and made a jig for my pocket hole jig. It definitely makes getting things lined up easier with the added side support.

The built in storage is adjustable, and sure does come in handy. No more looking around the shop for various parts, screws,bits, etc.

I have to add a locking mechanism to keep it closed. My original design of rare earth magnets glued into the box and lid is a failure. It’s simply not strong enough, and I plan to hang it on the wall somewhere out of the way.

The last pic is just to show my method of keeping joints tight, and flush while driving the screws.

Thanks for lookin’

-- Jeff, eastern Wa

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#1 posted 03-12-2014 11:12 PM


Nice jig. I definitely need to make one of these to support all my pocket hole work. Adding storage at the bottom of the jig is a nice add.

Thanks for posting.

-- TheQueTip, Killeen Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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Wood Studios

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#2 posted 03-13-2014 01:59 AM


Outstanding jig and one that will stand the test of time. I guess the manufacturers of the tools rarely build something like your jig since they figure the “Jeff’s” of the world will trump them with a better idea. Excellent design with “form following function”.

-- I read it but I wasn't listening!!

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#3 posted 03-13-2014 02:12 AM


Im not known for being kind to a fault but the Kreg jig, at 25 bucks is flawless in both inception and implementation, and recommend you try it before applying for a patent

nice work

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#4 posted 03-13-2014 04:03 AM

Looks great. I like the adjustable storage a lot. :-)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#5 posted 03-13-2014 06:22 AM

Nice work, Jeff.

Wood Studios, help me understand what you are saying. Sorry I’m missing it, but hope you will elaborate.


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#6 posted 03-13-2014 12:32 PM

I like the pocket hole system and I have a Kreg entry level jig kit but rarely use it because it always seems just unhandy. The Kreg setup like you’ve made here is a bit pricey for me. Whose hardware did you use for this? I like your design, adding the storage is always a good idea and adds convenience. I figure you’ll use this quite a lot.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#7 posted 03-13-2014 01:24 PM

For those doing the asking, I’m fairly certain that’s the Harbor Freight Pocket Hole Jig shown in the photos. Either that, or theirs is a near dead ringer for what’s there. It gets mixed reviews, which is why I’ve held off buying one. What’s been your experience, Jeff?

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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#8 posted 03-13-2014 02:06 PM

I realize that my post above, #5 in this thread, is incorrectly addressed to Wood Studios. It was intended to be directed at the comment by Kryptic which is in post #3.

I bought this aluminum HF version, and have no reason at all to knock it. I like it, it is sturdy, it works great. I have no reason at all to swap it out for a much more costly one made from blue plastic.

I found plenty of reviews that said this one was excellent. I could find some others that say the Kreg is lacking. What I try to avoid is a product where almost everything written is bad.


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#9 posted 03-13-2014 03:21 PM

Just added to my favorites. I am about to go grab one of those HF pocket hole jigs to replace the General jig I have (no hardened seats, only one angle, no toggle clamp).

Aside from those issues, I am having trouble keeping my joints square and flush when actually driving the screw. Your solution seems like a real winner!

garbonsai I am not sure what you mean by mixed reviews. Where are you seeing more than a few rare negative reviews on the HF pocket hole jig? The reviews seem overwhelmingly positive to me. Maybe you are mistaken for the self centering dowel jig…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#10 posted 03-13-2014 03:27 PM

dbhost, be sure to check the HF website for the best coupons. I ordered mine from them – saved driving since the store is not so convenient for me – and applied a coupon code that saved 25%. They always have some sort or deal going on. I just checked my email receipt: total cost delivered was $60.33 for the jig kit.


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#11 posted 03-13-2014 05:14 PM

@dbhost: I feel a little guilty hijacking Jeff’s post to discuss the HF pocket hole jig, but last time I read through the reviews, starting with the lowest, there were quite a few complaints about tear-out. The thing still has quite a high overall rating, but the tear-out complaint wasn’t a single isolated incident.

@jeffwedekind: Again, apologies for hijacking the post, but can you comment on whether or not you experience tear-out when drilling holes? The common thread I seem to recall was the spacing between the workpiece and the end of the guide hole…

All of that being said, I’m leaning toward buying one of the jigs anyway (I’m fortunate enough to live about 15 minutes away from a HF, and we get the 25% off coupons in the paper/mail/online all the time) and, if I end up keeping it, building a box similar to Jeff’s…

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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#12 posted 03-13-2014 07:49 PM

That looks like a nice and efficient set up and the clamping idea is a good idea also to keep things square not just say I tried .
Well done and thanks for the post .

-- Kiefer

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#13 posted 03-13-2014 08:33 PM

I should mention I love my wife. She had an HF 25% off coupon for me and told me to go get it… They just opened a new HF about 2 miles from my office, I grabbed it at lunch.

I should mention I also grabbed one of those HF welders vise grip type pliers for holding the pieces flush as I screw them as well. What a spot on idea!

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#14 posted 03-13-2014 08:59 PM

I just noticed something about the box that gave me a bit of a giggle. Shouldn’t you have used pocket screw construction on it?

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#15 posted 03-13-2014 09:15 PM

Nice setup, I own the same harbor freight jig too. I liked it over the Kreg version due to the metal construction. Your jig does a nice job keeping parts together and providing a nice wide surface flush with the base of the jig. Any thoughts about adding dust collection?

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