Base for a Kreg Pocket-Hole Jig

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Project by DaveWatha posted 12-21-2011 10:03 PM 40388 views 42 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This base for my Kreg Pocket Hole Jig was inspired by (and pretty much copies) the neat design posted on Lumberjocks by cFurnitureGuy, which can be seen here:
except I didn’t get around to making the nifty storage compartment that he included. Instead I drilled some holes on one side to hold the drill and screwdriver bits—the holes are sized for a friction fit. The base is very useful and it’s nice to be able to clamp it onto a table surface and have the jig stationary for repeated pockethole drilling.

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#1 posted 12-21-2011 11:46 PM

Nice jig setup. I want to make one like this and put the storage underneath as well. How old is you jig I noticed the handle for the clamp is in the front???

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#2 posted 12-22-2011 12:25 AM

Nice job Dave!

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#3 posted 12-22-2011 01:01 AM

Love it, adding it to my favorites!

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#4 posted 12-22-2011 01:09 AM

Thanks for posting. I use many, many pocket hole joints as I am just building up my shop. I just screwed the jig to a piece of MDF and use the plastic support that comes with the kit – but it soon became clear that support on the other side of the jig is needed, just like in your photos. Did that plywood work out to be just the right height or did you have to work it?

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 12-22-2011 02:22 AM

It’s nice to have side supports with these jigs.
I made one a while back here with storage underneath.
I use it more now then I ever did before because it’s easier to use with less set up time.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#6 posted 12-22-2011 02:45 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone!

marsanjoe: This jig is from the “K3 Master System” I purchased in 2007. The current model, K4, has the clamp handle on the rear side, which seems awkward to me, particularly if you have the jig mounted on a base. In actual use, I’ll position the base to be flush with the front edge of the tabletop and having the jig clamp handle on the front side seems much handier.

doncutlip: I used 2x laminated 1/2” Baltic birch plywood and that worked out to be just about the perfect height for the side supports. I guess I got lucky in that the 1/2” Baltic ply I had on hand was actually close to it’s labeled dimension. It’s maybe a few thousandth’s short of perfect but close enough for drilling pocketholes.

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#7 posted 12-22-2011 03:15 AM


Well done. The wide base is essential for PH drilling wide boards. Mine is similar to Don’s but, added a support on both sides of the Kreg Drill Jig. May take mine apart and add the BB ply strips on both sides. Your idea to store the drill bit and the sq. bit is ingenious. Every time I pull mine from the shelf, the loose bits on the jig go flying. Don’t think that’s good for them?

I think that if the 1/2 ply is less than 1/2” you could add a layer or two of blue painters tape under the lamination to shim it up level. The measurement to fixture base is pretty close to 1”.

Thanks for sharing!

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#8 posted 12-22-2011 12:39 PM

Nice job! I built one that’s almost identical just not as long. I have the K3 too and love it.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#9 posted 12-22-2011 03:35 PM

excellent build! thanks for the kind words… glad i could inspire ;)
it so nice having everything in one place when you are ready to use it!
how is the dust collector? does it work well?... i dont have one on mine and every few holes i have to clean it out… i think it would speed up the processes.

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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#10 posted 12-22-2011 05:50 PM

Viking: thanks for posting the photo of your setup—it looks very useful, especially for larger pieces. Great idea with the tape; that should work well to shim the height of the side supports, if needed.

NiteWalker: yup, the K3 is a very nice piece of kit.

cFurnitureGuy: Thanks for the compliment. The dust collector attachment works great. I don’t always use it if I’m in a hurry to do just a few holes, but it does what it’s designed to do!

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#11 posted 12-22-2011 06:08 PM

DaveWatha- I guess we’re the lucky one to have bought the Kreg jig before the new design came out. At a woodworking show I asked the Kreg jig rep what happenen. He told me something about a patent problem so the designers just re-designed to avoid any costy problems. I like your set up, thanks for the post. bob

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#12 posted 12-23-2011 03:16 AM

I need to build a jig like this. I have (I think) the Kreg 4 Master Kit, it has the “new” toggle placement. I have not used it yet, so I’m not familiar with it’s set up or operation.

With that being said, I have two questions.

1) What would you do different/better/add to your jig?

2) Is there a good reason not to build the jig with the ability for it to also be used vertically (say while the jig is hanging from the wall on a french cleat)? I would build a fence (support) 90 degrees to the support blocks seen on other jigs. Then when neccesary/more convienient, pull it off the wall and clamp it to the workbench.

I do plan on actually using my Kreg Kit to assemble an air cleaner and need to build this jig. I just don’t want to overlook any potential.

Thanks in advance for any and all input.

BTW: Happy (pocket) Hole-idaze….I mean Holidays!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#13 posted 12-23-2011 03:33 AM


I have a small shop vac with the 1 1/2” or 1 3/4” hose (can’t remember which) that fits the Kreg Jig DC port perfectly. Since all the chips from drilling are fairly large no issues on plugging up the filter. If just someone could come up with a “silent” shop vac.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#14 posted 01-15-2012 08:59 PM

Good job Dave, Take good care of that K3 they don’t make them any more and the K4 doesn’t cut it as you have to reach around the material to clamp it.

I love my K3 it’s my favorite tool in the shop. I even incorporated it into my bench top.

-- Better looking at it than for it....

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