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02-20-2012 09:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig kreg joining pocket hole

Can any tell me how good the Kreg pocket hole system works? Sounds like a good idea. in theory rather then other more time intense methods. Reason I ask is primarily for my daughter who has limited resources yet wants to make some face frames, etc.

i know I ask a lot of questions but we all have to learn and Ii find the people on this forum are filled with first hand knowledge about products and methods they have used or tried.

Thanks again, Marc

-- Marc, Maine

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#1 posted 02-20-2012 10:35 PM


Pocket hole joinery works very well for face frames. We use it all the time for all kinds construction.

You can get the complete master kit or just start out with the drill guide, bit, and a clamp.

I think Kreg has some good videos on their web site.

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#2 posted 02-20-2012 11:42 PM

I worried when i bought this platic jig…but it is great…works really good. Do not hesitate to buy. A+

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#3 posted 02-21-2012 03:55 AM

i bought the one for 40.00 it became my favorite new item real fast

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#4 posted 02-21-2012 04:00 AM

I’ve got the master kit. I have to say that I’m turning to it more and more instead of tenons just to be able to get on with it. They work well and hold really good.

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#5 posted 02-21-2012 04:34 AM

I use pocket in places where I don’t mind seeing the holes and in applications that will not subject the joint to shearing stresses. For jigs and shop fixtures, the Kreg jigs are invaluable to me.

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#6 posted 02-21-2012 04:41 AM

Very practical and utilitarian. If you get the master kit you will find many uses for it in the shop.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#7 posted 02-21-2012 11:29 AM

I often buy things and don’t use them for a while. This true with my purchase of my Kreg jig.
When I started useing it the other day for redoing my shop. It really came handy to use it.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#8 posted 02-21-2012 12:38 PM

Great for face frames and utilitarian case corners. Or, any joints where the hole or plugs can’t be seen.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 02-21-2012 02:00 PM

The Pocket Hole Tool has become one of my go to tools. I have been using for over 4 years now. Great idea.

The only draw back is that you will want to get a drill for the pocket hole and one for the driver bit.

The master kit is a good bargain.

-- Chris K

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#10 posted 02-21-2012 02:12 PM

Thanks for you input, think it’s going to be a tool I’m going to buy as well as for m y daughter.

-- Marc, Maine

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#11 posted 02-21-2012 02:17 PM

Good to see this post as this is a tool that is getting closer to the top of my “must have” list.

-Martin, BC

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#12 posted 02-21-2012 02:45 PM

I have the master kit too and it works great. A great addition to any shop.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#13 posted 02-21-2012 02:49 PM

I also bought the master kit. I use it regularly for face frames. I have used it to attach shelves and many other uses. Just go ahead and buy the right screws for it. A friend of mine bought one and told me he was using reg screws for his. I tried the reg screws and I would split out the joint if I was at either end of style etc. I then bough the correct screws and had no more problems.

They also have plugs you can use to cover the holes and also a plug cutter to make your own if you prefer to cover the holes.

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#14 posted 02-21-2012 02:59 PM

I’ve had mine for about 15 yrs. Its the old alum. body 2 holer. Still goin’ strong.
I find that using a corded drill works best when you’re tryin’ to bang out a bunch of pocket holes.
Make sure that everyone reads the instructions first. I read somewhere that a user was tryin’ to put the spinnin’ bit into the guide. WOO HOO!!!


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#15 posted 02-21-2012 03:14 PM

Yes U will luv it but make sure u get the visegrip type clamps and get the pro system it makes assy very easy in no time at all ,just make sure you have a nice bench to use with bench dogs or holdfast and u will be off and runnin, I would love to have a face frame table but its 2750.00 that would be the ultimate table but its just adream

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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