Pocket Hole Jig

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Project by jrm4424 posted 08-25-2019 01:06 PM 859 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most pocket hole jigs use some type of toggle clamp to hold the wood firmly against the drilling jig. Some use hardwood, and if you don’t buy plans, it takes a lot of experimental time to get it right. Mine uses an old caulking gun. I used Dustin Rogers’ design for the base. You can see his design at “Dustin Rogers Pocket Hole Jog” on YouTube.
I spaced the gun’s pressure plate about 3.5” away to allow just enough room to accommodate 4×4 stock. It is easy to clamp the stock, and one squeeze holds it firm. just hit the release and the stock is loose.
Oh, and I added a dust port.

-- Jim, West Virginia

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#1 posted 08-25-2019 04:43 PM

If it pops the holes in correctly, and I think it should seeing the basic Kreg jig used, it just comes down to cost versus time spent playing around with angles and such.

Of course it was doing some woodworking related function, so that is always in the plus column.

Interesting usage of the caulking gun. I’ve seen them as clamps before, just not attached to a jig.

Interesting post, thanks for sharing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 08-25-2019 06:39 PM

very interesting use of tools not to mention saving $100 or so for the kreg jig. I can’t see how this wouldn’t work as good as a factory jig.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 08-26-2019 12:05 AM

Great idea and design!

-- AJ

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#4 posted 08-26-2019 12:25 AM

Very interesting and can think of other uses for a caulking gun quick clamp system.

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#5 posted 08-26-2019 01:28 AM

I use pocket holes a lot and not always in a conventional way. This offers a lot of options. Thanks for sharing.

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 08-26-2019 02:21 AM

Nice jig. You’ll get a lot of use out of it!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 08-26-2019 03:47 AM

Great design, creative use of a caulking gun.

On my todo list.

-- James E McIntyre

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#8 posted 08-26-2019 01:31 PM

I can appreciate the design and engineering that went into creating this…...but in some cases just buying the jig seems the better option.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#9 posted 08-26-2019 07:45 PM

I can appreciate the design and engineering that went into creating this…...but in some cases just buying the jig seems the better option.

- ohwoodeye

Dear ohwoodeye

I respectfully disagree with you. The cheapest Kreg Jig like this is approximately $100.00 and I don’t think it can accommodate wood as large as Jrm4424’s can. You right if you have many $100 bills laying around.

-- One of these days I’m going to build a dust collection system. Dusty Lungs

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#10 posted 08-27-2019 06:20 AM

Excellent idea!!!. ...I made something similar for myself. So funny and original idea useing seal kit gun instead toggle clamps.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 09-03-2019 05:27 AM

Jim , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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