How to use a pockethole jig
Every now and again someone comes up with a bright idea for making woodwork easier. The pockethole jig is definitely one of those. You can use a pockethole jig to create strong joints between sections and design projects where the screws are almost invisible.
I have been using my Kreg pockethole jig now for the past three years and have found it an invaluable tool when it comes to joining.
Whether you’re building your first set of garage storage shelves or making simple repairs around the house, a pockethole jig can help you finish the job in less time, and with far less effort than you ever thought possible. Its simple design gives you the confidence to start the project, and with joints as easy as “Drill. Drive. Done!” – you’ll actually want to finish it.
With all your sections cut to the correct length and width, simply insert individual sections into the jig and drill the holes.
The jig is designed to clamp and hold the section in place as you drill the angled holes.
When designing a project, make sure you position the pocketholes in an area that will be inconspicuous. The best place is on the inside back of a project. If you can’t hide the hole, I use a mixture of wood glue and sawdust (leftover from drilling the holes) to fill in the gaps.
So where do you buy a pockethole jig? First off, this is a more specialised tool than your average DIY tools. You can purchase at Hardware Centre or select hardware stores across the country, or buy online at Brights Hardware.