Kreg Pocket Joinery; Which did you buy or wish you bought?

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11-11-2011 04:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: kreg pocket joinery question jig

I was looking at the different Kreg Pocket Systems and I was wondering which one you have purchased. Did you purhcase a system but wish you upgraded to the next step up afterwords? Please share your thoughts and recommendations.


-- Tim, Michigan

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#1 posted 11-11-2011 04:41 PM

I am looking at buying one of these as well. They have the big toolbox stuff full of all their jigs + tons of screws and clamps for $219.99. Is that worth it?

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#2 posted 11-11-2011 04:49 PM

You will need the clamps and screws and the big toolbox full of everything may be a good idea.

However, you are going to want to screw the main jig to a board and you will clamp that board to your workbench whenever you use it. Once the main jig is screwed to a board, you will probably not be able to store it in the toolbox.

The K4 is their main jig (the one you screw to a board). You want that, it works great. The other jigs are for working in tight areas where the bigger jig does not work.

For a short period of time they marketed the K3 which, in my opinion, was an improvement over the K4. I have the K3, but it appears they have discontinued that model. The primary difference is that on the K3, the lever that tightens down the wood holding clamp is on the working side of the jig (i.e. you don’t have to reach over to the far side to apply the pressure.)

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#3 posted 11-11-2011 05:15 PM

I have two: I bought the Mini Jig with only one hole, and like was said, works good for one hole at a time, and in tight places. So….I bought the K3 setup, plus I have all the different clamps necessary, and a large assortment of different size screws…both in length and threads…for hardwoods and softwoods…By the time you buy all the accessories, the toolbox setup is probably the way to go…..if you plan to do a lot of pocketholes….., then I’d go for it…...

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#4 posted 11-11-2011 05:25 PM

I have the mini Kreg jig and like it. I’ll use that until I need the larger multi-hole rigs. Good stuff.

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#5 posted 11-11-2011 05:29 PM

I bought mine years ago. It is the aluminum body. K-2 model. Sure has been a good addition to the shop.


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#6 posted 11-12-2011 01:39 AM

I have the K3 and agree with everything Rich said. I have not used the K4 but I guess once you got used to the handle placement it would not really matter, but I really like having it on the front. I think you can still buy a K3 from Grizzly. There was a long discussing thread on the Kreg site complaining about discontinuing the K3. I guess one reason for the switch to the K4 is it allows you to easily clamp the jig to a table so I guess you dont have to mount it to a board. Although the mounting board I use also has supports on both ends which really helps with long boards.

Regardless if it is a three or four I would not be without one, and as neat as the new tool box is, unless you plan on traveling with the tool, or you are someone who stores everything in cases, I would forgo that (and I really do think it is neat) and get a few extra clamps or some large boxes of screws. As 90% of what I do is in my shop I don’t use cases very often. But you may be different and the tool box may be a good option.

I have heard a few woodworking purist who suggest pocket joinery is not true woodworking, but there are also some woodworkers who argue that power tools is not true woodworking. I have made some very nice pieces of furniture using pocket screws. I am really glad I bought one and I use it quite often. I really don’t think you can go wrong in getting one.

Lastly, two tips that I received from a Kreg rep were that using the vacuum attachment will greatly increase the life of your drill and you can make your own plugs by drilling a hole at an angle in a board and then inserting dowel rods and cut them using a multimaster type saw. I dont remember the angle but it is not difficult to figure it out.

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#8 posted 11-12-2011 04:33 AM

I have the K3 Master kit and have found it to be very useful.

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#9 posted 11-12-2011 04:42 AM

I have the old R3 now called the Junior. I was too cheap to buy into the fancy vice grips that came with the bigger kits so I used a quick grip clamp.
A few months ago I bought 6 sets of the $5HF Vice Grips that look like the Kreg set and they work just dandy.

I also buy my pocket hole screws on Ebay, usually less than $20/thousand, but the last I bought were about 6 years ago. I bought 6000 then for $9/thousand and still have probably 3000 left.

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#10 posted 11-12-2011 05:24 AM

A real man can hold his drill at the perfect steady angle for a freehand pocket hole….

(sorry, didn’t mean to leave the female craftsman out… I’m sure they can do amazing things in the kitchen…)

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#11 posted 11-12-2011 06:02 AM

Tim, My wife will be the first to tell you she thinks I am addicted to the Kreg line of Jigs. I bought one of the older systems that did not come with a hold down system. So I built my own.

Rich, has a good point regarding the fact that even with the toolbox, you will more then likely want keep the jig attached to something. I have also own a Junior, Pocket and Mini jig they both come in handy when I am working outside of my workshop. No matter what my wife says I believe they are a great investment one of the better tools I have bought.

I did look at the toolbox but I already own everything that is in it. But for the amount that comes with it, it seems to be a very good price. If there is a Woodworking show in your area anytime soon, I have found they have decent deals in the Kreg booth.


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#12 posted 11-12-2011 04:16 PM

Check out the Harbor Freight pocket hole jig before spending any cash. It’s $50, all machined aluminum and works great!

Review is here.

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#13 posted 11-12-2011 04:39 PM

I bought the K3 Master kit and haven’t looked back or needed more.
And I agree with the K4 being a step backwards.

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

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#14 posted 11-12-2011 07:07 PM

Let me comment that I believe the K4 came before the K3. Then they dropped the K3 and reverted to the K4 as their main jig. I don’t understand why they dropped the K3 which, IMO, is the better jig.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#15 posted 11-12-2011 07:43 PM

I believe there was a threat of legal action for the clamping system of the K3, hence the K4 came out with its clamping system. Someone had a patent on the clamping system the K3 used.

I have the Junior, I am currently making a mount/clamp for it out of wood to turn it into the K4

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