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Forum topic by brantley posted 02-22-2012 03:37 AM 3264 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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brantley

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02-22-2012 03:37 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jig pocket hole

Im in the process of making my wife a dining room table from some thick 1 1/2” thick oak lumber. I went by our local home depot and they only had 2 choices…a kreg for
100 bucks and a general tools kit for 40 bucks. I went the cheaper route and was not pleased at all. I will be returning it tomorrow. It seems that with the angle of this jig the screw does not enter the 2nd board at a sharp enough angle to really get a strong bond. This is what I noticed using this brand on thick stock. Mu question is for kreg users and pocket hole users in general. Does kregs system work well with thick stock? I just wonder if the angle is the same on the 2?


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#1 posted 02-22-2012 04:25 AM

The kreg will work on thicker woods. It has an adjustment on the jig fod wood thicknesses and you use a longer screw also..The angle remains the same but it worked on some 1 3/4” oak that I used it on.

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#2 posted 02-22-2012 04:35 AM

Using it on thick stock involves putting a shim (provided with the $100.00 Kreg set I have) in the jig that moves the pocket hole up so that the pilot hole exits in the middle of a thicker board.

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#3 posted 02-22-2012 09:52 PM

Just bought the Kreg Mini Pocket HOle Jr. ... Hopefully it will do what i need it to.

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#4 posted 02-23-2012 03:17 AM

The Jr. is a nice jig for occasional use.

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#5 posted 02-23-2012 06:25 AM

I have the Porter Cable 560 and it works great on thick wood like 1 1/2 in. It’s expensive but is really a nice tool and I think it’s worth every penny.

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#6 posted 02-23-2012 01:36 PM

Mveach…good to hear. I bought it primarily for this table build for my wife. I will not use it a whole lot after this.

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#7 posted 02-23-2012 03:44 PM

Brantley;

I use my Kreg jig for projects with 2×4’s often and result is really strong joints.

Bet once you start using it you will find it being one of your go-to methods of joinery.

Good luck with your table. We all hope to see it as a project soon.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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