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10-15-2013 12:10 PM


I bought a kreg R3 pocket hole jig to assist in making a “farm” table for my wife. My question is whether clamped or screwed in its not tight and the drill bit pulls out bits of blue plastic. It has a lot of good reviews so I guess I’m doing it wrong but I don’t understand, its clamped down so tight.
Has anyone had this issue? I wish I could use dowels but I do not have the confidence for those, yet. This is my first “real” project.

Thank you.

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#1 posted 10-15-2013 12:25 PM

How about some photos showing your problem.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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#2 posted 10-15-2013 12:26 PM

Sounds like, if you are pulling out bits of blue plastic, the jig is trashed; possibly was defective to start with.
See if you can get a warranty replacement.
Here is a video of how it’s supposed to work.

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#3 posted 10-15-2013 12:26 PM

I bought a Kreg jig not too long ago and found it to be a very nice tool. Not one single glitch. Not sure exactly what you are doing wrong. Can you post some pictures to see what you are doing? That would be very helpful in identifying the issue.

-- Mike

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#4 posted 10-15-2013 12:58 PM

Recently I got a new Kreg drill bit and when I went to use it, I too had bits of blue plastic showing up. Slap to the forehead time, I didn’t put the drill stop on the new bit. I drilled right into the jig. Of course the holes in the wood were too big, and unusable. So, Cliff, the first thing I would recommend would be to verify the correct placement of that drillstop.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#5 posted 10-15-2013 06:09 PM

It must be the drill stop. I thought I had measured it for the correct depth but perhaps I was wrong. I will try it out tonight and post a picture if that doesn’t resolve it. Thanks everyone.

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#6 posted 10-15-2013 06:54 PM

It will cause trouble like you’re talking about if you don’t have the depth-stop on the jig and the bit set right for the wood thickness you are drilling. Those are two different adjustments.

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#7 posted 10-15-2013 08:31 PM

be sure you tighten the drill stop collar. The Allen wrench supplied with the R3 is very important. That jig served me well for three years I have no obtained a K3 system and it is extremely helpful Check out the video side and U-videos for the proper set procedure. Once you get the system working for you, you will wonder how you did without it.

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware,

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#8 posted 10-15-2013 11:28 PM

Things are looking better, I am using the C clamps vs the Irwin quick grip. I think that was it.

Does my drill stop look at the right position for 1.5 inch stock(2×10)? very hard to tell as there is no line like for 3/4.

I think the holes look better now?

Also, the angle that the recommended 2.5” screw (for 1.5” wood) comes out at seems like it will potentially come out the top of the adjoining wood?

I did screw a piece together and it seemed very strong for one screw.

Thank you all for your helpful comments.

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#9 posted 10-15-2013 11:57 PM

Cliff, the collar for the drill bit goes all the way to the back of that groove, that’s why there is no mark for it at 1 1/2”. A 2 1/2” screw seems pretty long for me. I used 1 1/2” screws to join dimensional 2”x4”s when making some framing additions to my family room and they were plenty strong enough. In fact, I had some horizontal studs that were three feet in length joined at the ends to perpendicular studs and I could hang from them with no movement (I weigh about 210 lbs). I was very surprised at how strong the pocket hole system is.

Looks like you are well on your way!

-- Mike

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#10 posted 10-16-2013 01:48 AM

You are clamping the jig TOO tight, deforming the blue plastic into the hole, this is not a big problem. You only need to stop the jig from “walking” when you start drilling, go in and out gently at first, doing pocket holes requires finesse and is not a race against time.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#11 posted 10-16-2013 01:56 AM

Pocket drilling works best at fast speeds and a corded drill, if
you have one, is a good choice. Drilling fast inhibits heat build
up and the bit stays sharper longer. Cordless drills don’t tend
to spin as fast, especially under load, partially because they
are designed for driving too but also I imagine to optimize
battery life.

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#12 posted 10-16-2013 02:02 AM

Thanks, ill try my corded drill, that 18v seems faster but the corded drill definitely has more torque. Thanks again.

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#13 posted 10-16-2013 11:36 AM

I have a air drill I use in the shop…really fast an cuts good holes..

The bit…if you drop it …its broke…happen to me.


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#14 posted 10-16-2013 11:49 AM

I was going to say the holes have a steel liner, but I never thought about clamping it too tight and deforming the jig down where it touches the wood and there is no steel liner. You must have really clamped the hell out of that thing.

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#15 posted 10-17-2013 02:10 AM

and all this time I thought they were stupid proof

you either squashed it, or the drill bit isn’t centred in the chuck ? or its defective

either which way, take it back and get a new one and try again

those who say they never did anything wrong

never did anything : )

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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