Modifying the Kreg Pocket Hole Jig #1: New Life for the Pocket Hole Jig

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Blog entry by MT_Stringer posted 11-14-2013 04:48 AM 10213 reads 9 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Some of you have probably seen my Pocket Hole jig set up (pics shown below). It works great. I have drilled hundreds of pocket holes with it. But, therein lies a problem. When I am drilling holes in panels such as plywood cabinet members, I have difficulty reaching around or over the panel to operate the clamp. In fact, on more than one occasion, I have scraped my arm. That is not good for a guy with thin blood.

So, in the words of Tim, The Tool Man Taylor “So I rewired it!” :-)

I know what you are thinking – A new model has just come out with the handle on the users side of the jig. I didn’t want to buy a new jig when I have a good one already. It just needs to be Mikeyized! :-)

My plan is to mount an air cylinder on my current setup that is actuated pneumatically by a foot operated switch.

Since the next step up from the manual jig is the Kreg Foreman ($849), I should be able to accomplish my modification for under $100 or maybe a little more.

So if all goes well, I will have the same old jig with a foot operated clamp. I hope to have it ready to go after the first of the year when we start building cabinets for our kitchen.

Here is what I have been using.

And it hangs on the wall when not needed.

To modify my jig, I bought a 2 inch bore air cylinder off ebay.

The rear mount came from the same seller. I purchased the front foot bracket, heavy duty rubber rod foot and air muffler from They have a good video explaining how everything goes together and that helped me a lot.

The foot switch also came from a seller on ebay.

I bought a pair of 5 foot air hoses from Harbor Freight. They came with the hose barbs already made up so all I had to do was attach the fittings on each end.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 08-30-2014 10:58 PM

That’s so cool! I love the ingenious of it!

-- Keith

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