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Forum topic by Don46 posted 1776 days ago 1381 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don46

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1776 days ago

I have a few exposed pocket holes on some red oak 3/4 inch ply I had planned on hiding with some oak pocket hole plugs. I’m using the Kreg Master jig and the Kreg plugs.

I can’t get them into the hole and I don’t see any easy way to hammer them in without breaking off the thin tip.
What is the secret here?
Is there any kind of lubricant, wax, or something I might use?
It is mighty frustrating.
—Don

-- --Don, Columbia, SC


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lcurrent

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#1 posted 1776 days ago

Don those plugs are just a 3/8 dowlel cut on an angle build you a jig cut on an angle sand down 3/8 dowel to a size that fits cut off and bingo Larry

-- lcurrent ( It's not a mistake till you run out of wood )

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 1776 days ago

Is it possible your wood was not dry and the holes deformed when it dried.?

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GMman

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#3 posted 1776 days ago

Little sanding is all you need.

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budmitch1

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#4 posted 1775 days ago

On the bottom of the Mini Kreg Jig is a cutout that fits the thin tip of the plug. It’s there to hammer the plug in without breaking the tip off. You can pick one up for about $10.00. Check out the Kreg website.

Buddy

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djesde

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#5 posted 1763 days ago

I agree with Don those plugs are just a 3/8 dowel, just glue and put the dowel into the hole, after glue dries cut it off. All dowels are not the same diameter check first

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russv

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#6 posted 1763 days ago

you might try taking the screw out and see if the plug fits then.

russv

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blackcherry

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#7 posted 1763 days ago

Just use a small block plane and plane it flush or sand them flat…this is normal…Blkcherry

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 1762 days ago

No problems here…

I agree on a little sanding to get clean edges.

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SnowyRiver

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#9 posted 1762 days ago

I agree that a bit of sanding will do the trick. I have also just tapped them in with a hammer too.

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