Pocket Hole Jig Basics

A Few Tips on Using a Pocket Hole Jig

Most of my plans call for using pocket holes to join the pieces to each other. I find this type of joinery to be the easiest, quickest, and strongest method of joining two pieces of lumber used in furniture and cabinet construction, at least for me! When getting started, the most expensive jig does not have to be used – a beginner can get away with the most basic pocket hole jig. I’ve created a video to show a few basics on using a pocket hole jig. (Its not the best quality – I’m still new to making videos!)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zuV3ulVGlo
 

 

Use this handy chart to reset the depth collar on the drill bit for different material thicknesses:

  • 1/2″ material – set the collar at 3-1/4″ from the step
  • 3/4″ material – set the collar at 3-1/2″ from the step
  • 1-1/2″ material – set the collar at 4-1/4″ from the step

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Use the handy-dandy notch on the underside of the jig to insert plug when filling the holes! Awesome!!

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I hope my tips on using a pocket hole jig takes some of the intimidation out of pocket hole joinery. Have questions? Contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!

Disclaimer: I was not asked nor compensated by any pocket hole manufacturers to make this video. I purchased the pocket hole jigs with my own money and they are tools I use in every project.

Originally posted 2013-10-29 08:00:09.

4 Comments

  • Wendi Wachtel says:

    Cher.. you are so my tool hero! I’ve been wanting a Kreg Jig for so long and after watching your video I’m feeling confident that I could actually use it! Thanks for sharing!!!

    • CherTexter says:

      Thank you so much, Wendi! They are very easy to use and I love mine. If you need help, let meknow, I’d be glad to walk you through it!

  • divadee113 says:

    Thank you so much! I appreciate the video and you sharing your knowledge!

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