|Review by Jimi_C||posted 11-03-2009 07:23 AM||4544 views||0 times favorited||15 comments|
I’ve been looking at getting a Kreg pocket hole jig for a while now, with it basically being a toss up between the R3 Jr. and the extremely simple mini jig kit. I wasn’t really looking at the K4 or higher systems, since they go up in price pretty quickly, and as always I’m working on a budget. In addition, I always planned to get the face clamps, so the extra clamping capabilities of the more expensive systems seemed unnecessary for my level of work. I bought the small face clamp for now, since I’m primarily using this for face frames, as well as the right angle clamp, to attach the face frames to the cabinet box. But enough about clamps!
That being said, the K3 Jr. meets my needs exactly. It comes with a nice case, which includes the guide for placing the stop collar on the drill bit (shown in picture #2) based on material thickness. The jig itself has adjustable sliders on each side, with positive stops for each material thickness (from 1/2” to 1-1/2”). It also has a detachable clamp pad for non-Kreg clamps, or if you are putting some pocket holes someplace you can’t clamp, there are screw holes for holding the jig in place. The jig has marks on the front face, denoting the pocket hole centers for lining the jig up. This kit also comes with a (very) small assortment of screws and plugs, but it’s not enough to do anything with but practice.
Out of the box, without reading the instructions, I was able to joint two pieces of scrap maple I had laying around. The joint was nice and tight, and with glue I have no doubt it’d keep just about anything together. Out of all of Kreg’s jigs, I think this one has the most bang for the buck, I’d recommend this to anyone looking to make some pocket holes.
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