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Forum topic by cpuccio posted 02-15-2017 05:20 PM 565 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2017 05:20 PM

Hi all, Bought the single kreg pocket hole jig as i have a few things round the house and yard that i wanted to try it with. The first is a workbench for my child. I could glue and screw it but want to take the slab off in a few years and repurpose it into his desk, ergo no glue. I made the slab and the frame and want to attach the slab to the frame with pocket holes in the inside of the 2×4 frame to slab.

The instructions show that jig being placed 1 1/4” from the end of a 2×4 assuming you are attaching the end. I am not. I tried it in the face of the 2×4 and screwd into the slab. Seems like barely 1/2’ if a 2” screw went into the slab. Thoughts hts or any help?

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#1 posted 02-15-2017 05:27 PM

If I’m following along correctly you need at least a 2 1/2 inch pocket hole screw.

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#2 posted 02-15-2017 05:35 PM

I suggest you practice on some scrap until you get it right. For 2x lumber jobs, the 2 1/2 inch Kreg screws should be used.

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#3 posted 02-15-2017 06:11 PM

I did similar with a cut-off/router table but used 3/4 plywood for apron and re-purposed solid core door for top. It has worked well for several years. As mentioned, use 2-1/2” screws.

Also, for more substantial 2X work, Kreg has a HD version jig & screws. The screws have a much thicker diameter.

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