How To Use The KregJig 14th June

1/  Measure the board you will be creating the pocket hole in and adjust the guide to the same thickness.

2/  Place the step bit in to the guide on the base.  Line up shoulder with the dimension that is the thickness of the wood.

 

Slide the stop collar on to the bit until is stops against the jig.

 

Tighten the collar with the Allen Key

3/  Place the board to be drilled against the the jig with the good side facing out.  Clamp in place.

 

The clamp may need some adjusting with the screw to pull it in snug or vise versa.

4/  The guide holes are spaced in such a way that allows you to do a variety of lumber widths without having to adjust the work piece after drilling.

 

For longer boards such as table top glue ups and faceframes, the clamp is released and the board can be slid along. 

 

2 x 4’s are the same thickness as the jig platform and work well as supports on either side.

 

Choose a guide hole and with the drill set to a higher speed, insert the drill bit until it hits the bottom  then back it off about 1/4″

 

Turn the drill on at the fastest speed.  Partially withdraw the bit to clear the chips and continue.

 

Continue drilling until the stop collar connects with the drill guide.  Stop the drill in the guide and wait until it stops rotating before removing it.

5/  Remove the board and blow the sawdust out of the holes. 

 

Bring the two boards together and clamp with a face clamp to keep surfaces flush.  If they are not clamped, the boards will be uneven on both sides.

6/  Choose a screw.  I will attach the screw guide at the end of the course.

 

The course threaded screws are used for softwoods such as pine, cedar, poplar and composite woods like mdf, plywood and particle board.

 

The finer threaded screws are suited for the hardwoods like ash, oak, maple, cherry, birch, mahogony  and walnut.

 With the longer driver bit, insert the screws until you feel the screw head stop and the boards fit snuggly together.

If the holes are seen, then  they can be plugged with specialized wooden plugs that are the same shape as the pocket hole.

 

Add a little glue, insert the wood plug then sand and apply finish.


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