There’s nothing about the name that gives away its purpose, is there? The Kreg Jig is a very useful tool for the person who is interested in woodworking, but doesn’t have a shop full of expensive tools and time to spare. For your up-front investment of anywhere from $20 to around $130, you get a helpful tool that will give you a strong finished project, which did not have to sit for hours on end waiting for the glue to dry before going on to the next step.
Here is the approximately $100 version:
The variation in price is a result of the ease-of-use–the cheapest version will work, but the set-up of each pocket hole will take more time. If you plan on making a lot of projects, I recommend the K4 system that is pictured above. The clamping mechanism with this model really makes drilling the pocket holes easy and fast. But I have read posts by others who bought the Kreg Jr. for about $40 who are happy with the purchase as well.
This tool joins boards side-by-side to create a larger piece of wood, or panel like this:
Or it joins to wood at an angle (right angle for most applications, but Kreg has an advanced video on YouTube showing angles different than 90 degree), like so:
The Kreg Tool Company has a bunch of information about choosing a Kreg jig model, when to use pocket holes, how to use the jigs, etc. They’ve even got a Kreg Jig owners community to talk with others about the jig and ask questions. If you look on the right-side you will see links for learning more about the jig.
If you are a visual learner, here is a video from YouTube discussing the jig. There are more, just search Kreg Jig Skills or KregToolCompany on YouTube to see the Jig in action. It’s pretty neat what it can do and I can honestly say I’ve never built without it (of course, I’ve only built two things in my life at the point of this writing…).
Hope that helps you understand a little more about pocket holes!
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