Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Master Pocket Hole Jig System - Wood Joinery

Are you inclined to make things yourself from wood, but are short on the skills required for complex wood joints? Are you an accomplished woodworker who just wants a faster way to make a variety of clean joints?

You've got to look into pocket hole joinery. The idea is simple: a jig and special drill bit allow you to drill an angled hole that both pre-drills the wood pieces and provides a recess for the screw head. Special pan-head screws hold the wood pieces together. This technique can be used to make a wide variety of wood joints -- even face frames.

Kreg is the leading brand and they offer systems from $50 to $140 -- all are highly rated. I bought the $50 version and now wish I had the case that comes with the $75 version. Note: you need screws of the right length to match your project.

The basic setup ($50) : Kreg R2 Rocket Pockethole System

The mid-range set ($75) : Kreg K3SP K3 Pocket Hole Jig Standard Pack

The deluxe set ($140, $120 with rebate) : Kreg K3MS K3 Master Pocket Hole Jig System

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