Kreg Jig – Everything you need to know + TONS of FREE project ideas!
One of our very favorite tools to use is a Kreg Jig. A Kreg Jig is a pocket hole jig that makes it super simple to join two pieces of wood together. Using a Kreg Jig in addition to your drill to join wood makes your woodworking projects instantly more professional and it’s very easy to use.
Which Kreg Jig do I need?
There are several Kreg Jig systems that have different pros and cons depending on what you’re doing. It’s good to have a handle with all of them, but most importantly to pick one and be comfortable with it.
Comparing Current Kreg Jigs:
Kreg Pocket Hole Jig 720 Pro– their new top of the line jig that replaces the K5 jig is full of innovation, including their AutoMaxx clamping system which means you don’t have to adjust for the thickness of your wood- it does it for you!
Kreg Pocket Hole Jig 520 Pro– unlike any jig we’ve seen before, the 520 Pro replaces the K4 and features a squeeze handle clamping system that adds so much versatility to your work.
Kreg Pocket Hole Jig 320– very versatile system that clamps on to pieces of wood, can be expanded, and dials in thicknesses with ease.
How to Drill Pocket Holes with a Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
Clamp your jig to the material
Add the Kreg drill bit to your drill
Drill into the holes in your jig and into your material
Unclamp the jig and blow off any excess sawdust
Which thread pattern of pocket hole screws do I need?
Fine-thread pocket screws were made to work with hardwoods like oak, maple, and poplar.
Coarse-thread pocket screws were made to work with softwoods like pine, plywood, and MDF.
How to Drive Pocket Screws
Driving pocket screws is the process of attaching two boards using pocket holes!
Clamp your two boards together. Be sure they are flush in all directions.
Place the screw in the pocket hole and screw. You want it to feel snug but not overly tight!
Repeat until you have screwed in each pocket hole.
Other helpful Kreg tools:
They have lots of other tools and accessories other than the jigs on their website, but the products we use most often include:
Mobile Project Center– this collapsible work table is perfect for so many types of projects. It folds flat and expands to work with all sorts of projects, giving you a mobile work station wherever you need it.
Right angle clamp– this clamp is super handy for joining your wood together and ensuring your angles are squared up.
Multi Mark– this is a super handy tool to make small measurements, draw exact markings, draw angles and make sure things are level.
Kreg Screws – you will use a lot of pocket hole screws once you get into using your Kreg pocket-hole Jig! They have a square drive that fits the Kreg bit.
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