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Forum topic by TTF posted 01-26-2016 04:10 AM 655 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TTF

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01-26-2016 04:10 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jig drill-driver joining

I designed and built this pocket hole fixture last evening, and it works great – that doesn’t normally happen on the first try. It uses a cheap pocket hole guide, a 12” squeeze clamp, and some scrap wood.

Put the wood in, squeeze the clamp, drill, and release the clamp. I plan on clamping stop-blocks to the fence for face frame parts.

I’m not a big fan of pocket screws for furniture projects, but I do like them for cabinets and built-ins.

The build details are on my blog: TF Workshop - Pocket Hole Fixture

-- Troy | http://tf-workshop.com | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur


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#1 posted 01-26-2016 05:07 AM

Interesting idea.

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#2 posted 01-26-2016 06:17 AM

Nice. Is that the HF pocket hole jig? Set up a foot operated clamp and you’ll be cookin’ with gas.

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#3 posted 01-26-2016 06:20 AM

I bought the jig at Home Depot about 5 or 6 years ago.

-- Troy | http://tf-workshop.com | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur

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#4 posted 01-26-2016 01:12 PM

Cool idea. How does it adjust for a different thickness board? I see the drill bit stop but can you raise and lower the guide block too?

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#5 posted 01-26-2016 01:57 PM

It’s fixed at 3/4, and also works fine for 1/2 with a little spacer under the board. I don’t plan on doing thinner stock.

For thicker ones, say 1”, 3/4 still works with no issue. For thicker stock than that, I’ll just use my Kreg jig. But I wouldn’t likely use pocket screws anyway – mortise and tenon or dados are way better for free-standing furniture.

So this thing is a 95% solution for pocket screws. To get that last 5% would take a lot more effort – not worth it in my case.

-- Troy | http://tf-workshop.com | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur

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