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Forum topic by jimmy J posted 01-02-2014 02:28 PM 982 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jimmy J

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01-02-2014 02:28 PM

I’ve recently started to use pocket hole screws for attaching various items. do you folks mostly use an impact driver to do this? anybody worry about stripping the hole? it is hard to tell how deep the screw has driven given that it is recessed.

Also, given that the pocket hole plugs are oversized, do most people here cut them down in advance or try to plane them down somehow after gluing them in?

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#1 posted 01-02-2014 02:37 PM

An impact driver is way too strong for pocket holes IMO. I use my cordless drill with the clutch set appropriately. Sometimes I do cut down the plugs before placing them, but not always. A flush cut saw works well followed by sanding,

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#2 posted 01-02-2014 03:07 PM

jimmyhopps a impact driver is a little much I use a 20v B&D drill . And if you do stripping the hole out use a tooth pick and a little glue.Everything I build is done with pocket hole screws.

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#3 posted 01-02-2014 03:22 PM

I used to use pocket holes A LOT, now much less. I use a Bosch 12v pocket driver with the clutch set. Works great. You want the screws snug, but you don’t need to use big artillery.

As for plugs—you can use chisel, plane, flush cut saw, oscillating tool flush cut saw. I stopped using ph in any place where they can be seen—so no plugs for me.

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