Poor Man's Pocket Hole Drilling Jig

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Project by blackdogwoodshop posted 04-04-2008 03:24 AM 43763 views 33 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This simple jig works great for drilling pocket holes. It took me roughly 15 minutes to construct so it is a very economical solution for drilling pocket holes. To use the jig, simply clamp it to the workpiece and drill to the appropriate depth. In my case, I cut it such that the approprate depth is the full length of my 3/8” brad point bit. I found the idea on Fine Woodworking website:

-- Daniel, Southern Indiana -- "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." --

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#1 posted 04-04-2008 04:01 AM

This is an innovative solution to your problem.

Nice job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 04-04-2008 04:26 AM

What ever works I always say.

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#3 posted 04-04-2008 08:23 AM

Well, it will work until it wears out, but for what you spent you can just build another one.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 04-04-2008 10:23 AM

I already have the Kreg system. I always seem tho read the money saving tips after I have spent the money.

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#5 posted 04-04-2008 02:46 PM

Ditto to what rikkor said…....

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#6 posted 02-05-2009 11:10 PM

I agree with rikkor, did same thing. Those Kreg jigs are pricey, unless you use it alot so it pay itself.

-- Bojan

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#7 posted 02-05-2009 11:55 PM

I might add that with Blackdog’s device you can insert a couple of bronze bushings and the holes will last a long, long time. ( about $2.00) a pair.


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#8 posted 02-05-2009 11:59 PM

If it works great…................. Kreg jigs are pricey but they last too…......

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#9 posted 05-10-2010 05:08 PM

Drilling your hole oversize and putting a steel sleeve, would make it last much longer, also a lip to align it with the end of the board would be nice. Great idea!

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#10 posted 05-10-2010 05:24 PM

Another simlple solution!!! Of course I own the Kreg jig….
These post never pop up 3 minutes before I spend my money. :)

Great tool solution!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#11 posted 07-20-2010 03:29 AM

cool jig but i got a grizzley pocket hole tool it was pertty inexpensive and works well but yours is really cool and cheaper than any other one and works just as good for just scraps of wood

-- Richie, PA - " from rough cut to fine rustic furniture "

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#12 posted 01-01-2012 07:32 AM

what angle did you cut your drilling block? In other words at what is the angle of the hole

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#13 posted 01-11-2012 02:57 PM

Thank You another great idea for the shop :)

-- Warren, Cambridge,OH.

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#14 posted 01-11-2012 03:07 PM

Drill your hole for a hardened drill guide bushing and it won’t wear out so quickly. Install the drill guide into the hole. Then your drill will be riding in a hardened guide that is sized for the drill bit. You can get them at McMaster Carr.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 03-31-2012 11:10 PM

Your linking to an artice which is only for paid members :-(—- do you have another link to similar jig ?

The information you’ve requested is available only to our paid members.

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