Kreg jig and plugs???

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Forum topic by Garbanzolasvegas posted 02-20-2015 03:24 AM 1282 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2015 03:24 AM

Okay I have been kicking around the kreg jig and learning about it. One thing I have learned is clamp n and clamp it good

I have tried to hide the screw pockets as much as I can but in one situation I have to hide the pockets.

HOW DOES ONE DRIVE the kreg jig PLUGS into the holes???!

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#1 posted 02-20-2015 03:27 AM

I just use my thumb until it stops going any further, let the glue dry, then flush cut. These plugs are made to fit multiple size holes, thus the reason they stick out so much in certain situations.

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#3 posted 02-20-2015 03:31 AM

I’ve had to cut them down

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#4 posted 02-20-2015 03:50 AM

You can just use a normal dowel, pound it in with a mallet, and then cut off the excess after it dries.

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#5 posted 02-20-2015 04:48 PM

I cut them all a little bit shorter first, then hammer them in with glue and a piece of wood. Then sand. But I find they stick up too far on most applications. So I cut them first.

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#6 posted 02-20-2015 06:06 PM

- waho6o9

And this is how not to do it:

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#7 posted 02-20-2015 08:59 PM

No matter how you do it, it’s going to look dog poo. Pocket holes go where you can see them.

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#8 posted 02-21-2015 01:51 AM

I’m going to take the liberty of assuming Alaskaguy misquoted himself, and meant to say “Pocket holes go where you can’t see them”, or maybe ”...where you can stand to see them”. I think that if you have to try to hide them then you should have used a different joinery method in the first place. I love pocket hole joinery, but they’re about the fugliest thing ever. I love using them in places where “it just doesn’t matter” (cue Bill Murray from Meatballs)

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#9 posted 02-21-2015 02:18 AM

kreg hammer

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#10 posted 02-21-2015 02:24 AM

I’m in the “love pocket holes, but only where they’ll never be seen” camp. The few times i have used the plugs, i’ve used a flush trim saw. Had one project where i put several in and used my Fein tool to get them close. Rougher than a hand saw, but fast.

If you want them to be a closer fit—use a 3/8” dowel cut at a 15 deg angle, to the depth you want. I’ve seen pictures of home-built band saw jigs for this purpose. Basically just a guide rail. Looked cool, probably cheaper—but i don’t use them enough to be worth even a simple jig.


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#11 posted 03-03-2015 06:54 PM

I used pocket holes in every aspect of my cabinets. The only place you see them, is the inside of the doors. And I nor anyone else, that’s has seen them, think they look bad. On the caucus, if the outside is exposed, I put them in the inside of the cabinet. If the outside is up against another cabinet, or appliance, I put them on the outside. On my drawers, I put them on the front and back. Fronts get covered with the drawer face, and the backs you can’t see.

-- Lee

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#12 posted 03-03-2015 08:01 PM

And this is how not to do it:

- distrbd

There are no words for this.

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#13 posted 03-03-2015 09:13 PM

And this is how not to do it:

- distrbd

There are no words for this.

- Mykos

To start with IMO pocket are not for cabinet doors. Cope and stick, or grove with stub tenon or ever lose mortise and tenon but NOT pocket screws. Even the very cheapest China made cabinet don’t use pocket screw for cabinet doors.

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#14 posted 03-03-2015 10:48 PM

I used them in all my shop cabs, any utility storage is acceptable and anyplace they won’t be seen. They can save time and labor and when they don’t interfere with the quality of the finished look it’s AOK in my book.

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#15 posted 03-04-2015 12:20 AM

Hey Ken (from Ontario),

Your Polansky video comes awful close to one of my all time favorites (also have no words for this one).

If you like shop tours…

I have a Kreg jig, it has been used very slightly in my shop, I don’t remember ever filling the holes though…

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