The Kreg jig is a device used during pocket hole joinery. See how to use the Kreg jig with help from a home remodeling expert in this free video clip.
Hi, I'm Dave Trull with The Trull Gallery, and I want to talk to you today about doing pocket hole joinery using the Kreg Jig System. It's a quick simple joint system, strong, fast and reliable. So let's get started. This is one of the basic Kreg systems. It consists of the jig itself, some support brackets and the drill and stop. The first thing you need to do is we'll double check our stop to make sure it's in the right spot and if we look here the square shoulder of our drill bit is right at the three quarter inch point because we're using three quarter inch stock, so that's perfect. If we needed to adjust it, we just make that adjustment by loosening the set screw and bringing the bit in or out as necessary. The next thing we need to do is go ahead and chuck up our drill. The next thing we need to do is double check our clamp. We'll just take one piece of our stock and put it in and lock it in. If we need to make any adjustments, we'd do that by loosening the locknut. At this point we're ready to go ahead and drill our holes. One of the nice things about pocket holes is nothing needs to be precise. Your stock is, in this case, we've got, our stock is about two and a half inches thick and where the holes go is not that important. We do need to have two holes because if we only used one it becomes a pivot point so I have two holes and we'll just use the two outer holes in this case. What we're going to do is just drill down in until the stop hits the top of the jig. Once we've got our holes drilled we'll go ahead and pull it out and we've got our pocket holes. One of the things you'll notice is the holes don't even come through the bottom because the screws we're using are self tapping and they'll drill the rest of the way through. The next thing we need to do is make sure our clamp is set for the right thickness of wood and that's about right. We need it snug but not too tight and certainly not too lose. We'll go ahead and assemble our stock and the nice thing about this system is that when we clamp it in place to put the screws in, we're pretty much done with our assembly and in this case we'll just line everything up and as you can see, everything is nice and snug and we would of course done matched this up to our layout lines if we were doing an actual cabinet or a piece of furniture but at this time we're ready to go ahead and put our screws in. There are two types of screws used with pocket hole joinery, both of them have what's called a washer head. Generally it's a square drive but it doesn't have to be but there's a coarse and a fine thread screw and they're like, as I mentioned earlier, they are self tapping. This is a fine screw because we're using hardwood here. If we were using softwoods or plywoods, we'd use the coarse screws. The easy thing to do is to put the screw on your bit and the Kreg system always comes with this nice long bit so you don't have to worry about your drill getting in the way of your stock and now you can set it into the position and just drive it home and your second screw. Again the next thing about pocket hole joinery in the Kreg system is we can unclamp it and we can keep moving with our project. Real quickly, we just went over how to use pocket hole joinery in the Kreg joint system. It's quick, it's simple and it's a very strong joint. I'm Dave Trull with The Trull Gallery, the fine art of furniture making.