Kreg Jig/Aftermarket panhead screws?

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Forum topic by Joe Kimmell posted 02-13-2010 06:28 PM 32589 views 3 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Joe Kimmell

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02-13-2010 06:28 PM

Okay, I’m a cheapskate. My sweet wifey (who is telepathic) just recently surprised me with my Kreg. The cool part is, there was no “occaision”....Just just picked it up! I’ve only used it for “rehearsal” thus far, and it’s a great tool for a guy like me who’s too lazy (and not at that skill level yet) to do complicated joinery.

But what I’m wondering is if anyone knows a source/alternative for screws? The starter pack that comes with the kit isn’t all that generous.

Thanks folks! ~joe

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#1 posted 02-13-2010 06:34 PM

Yes, the starter pack is mostly good for familiarizing yourself with the jig. I suppose you could build one picture frame from all the same size screws, but that’s about it. Not adequate for actually putting together a complete project of any size.

You can buy the actual Kreg brand screws at Lowes in quite a few different sizes. Their selection is definitely better, at least here in Colorado, than Home Depot. At HD, you can buy pocket hole screws in a couple of sizes that are a different brand, but I’ve used them and they seem to work just fine. They are also a little bit less expensive than a comparable quantity of Kreg brand screws. Lowes and HD also have the plugs if you need them to plug the holes after putting in the screws.

You can also get a vast array of screws, both in sizes, count, and different finishes, at Rockler. I would also assume Woodcraft has them, but I haven’t checked.

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#2 posted 02-13-2010 06:47 PM

You can also try here:

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#3 posted 02-13-2010 06:51 PM

I picked one of these up….

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#4 posted 02-13-2010 07:11 PM

Louis and company

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#5 posted 02-13-2010 07:28 PM

I buy from them Amazon also but I buy the SK03 kit because I get free shipping. My wife buys a lot of books from them so I signed up for Amazon Prime. The SK02 kit that WayneC appears to be an older version which I had earlier. Either one does good. I have also read that people also use sheet metal screws. These might be cheaper, but I like using the square drive now but I have also used GRK fasteners because they use a star drive. I think they are comparable in price to Kreg though.

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#6 posted 02-13-2010 07:56 PM

A couple of things to keep in mind.

  • - Kreg uses a truss head screw. Other pocket hole systems use a different screw head that doesn’t work well with the Kreg screw holes. (Wanna buy a 500 screw box of those? – lol)
  • - For most applications (i.e. 3/4” stock) you’ll need the 1-1/4” screws.
  • - Hardwoods need the fine thread screws and soft woods (and plywood) need the coarse threads.
  • - Be careful with the depth stop ajustment on the drill. A few months ago, I had to rebuild some fireplace mantel legs made from beech plywood. It was 11/16” thick and when I drove the screws, they slightly “swelled” the front of the legs. When I gave them the final (light) sanding, I had four sand thrus.

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#7 posted 02-13-2010 08:06 PM

The Kreg brand screws are reasonably priced and as mentioned available at Lowes.I’ve heard of some people using drywall screws but I would not recommend them as they would probably split the wood and not give you as strong of a joint

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#8 posted 02-13-2010 08:07 PM

The Home Depots around here carry the General EZ-Pocket hole system. The screws are much cheaper. I used them on a recent cabinet project and had to problems.

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#9 posted 02-13-2010 08:17 PM

You might want to check ebay as well. This is where I found the best prices about 2 months ago for quanitities of 100 & 1000. Be sure to confirm your shipping cost with the vendor, as usual on ebay a good deal may not be that good.

-- Greg Elam - Berea, Kentucky

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#10 posted 02-14-2010 03:28 AM

If you can catch a store like Woodcraft, Rockler, etc…. when they have free shipping, the little bit extra would be worth it to stock up on Kreg screws.

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#11 posted 02-14-2010 03:53 AM

Having used hundreds of both, I can’t say one is better than the other.

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#12 posted 02-14-2010 04:01 AM

How about that… I just bought some Kreg fine thread screws today at Lee Valley. Bought a 500 box of 1 1/4 and a box of 500 1 1/2… they both cost about $20 CDN.


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#13 posted 02-14-2010 05:07 PM

Thanks, fellers…....

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#14 posted 06-17-2013 06:11 PM

I’ve had great luck using drywall screws with the Kreg jig. They are so inexpensive and seem to hold well.

-- -Scott

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#15 posted 06-17-2013 08:06 PM

I get them from Custom Service Hardware in cases of 7000 at a time and they also have decent prices on 1000. Anything less than 1000 though and you may as well get some from the hardware store since the price will be identical.

They’ve got a hi-lo thread variation that is a decent compromise for use in both hardwoods and softwoods. The super hard stuff like hickory will still split but they go through oak fine.

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