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06-02-2021 06:38 PM

new guy here looking to purchase a pocket jig. anyone have one they recommend over the other?


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#1 posted 06-02-2021 06:40 PM

What’cha makin?

Glue is generally stronger than screws.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#2 posted 06-02-2021 06:44 PM

just starting out making some basic furniture items

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#3 posted 06-02-2021 06:56 PM

A few different brands out there but Kreg probably has the largest market share with the most accessories available for it.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#4 posted 06-02-2021 07:30 PM

I have the standard Kreg model and it has served me well through hundreds of pockets. Pay little heed to the joinery snobs. For many applications pocket screws are a fine solution. :-)

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#5 posted 06-02-2021 07:41 PM

Havent tried kregs new one. But I prefer the older 5 over the 4 because it puts the clamp handle in the front

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#6 posted 06-02-2021 07:42 PM


I have the standard Kreg model and it has served me well through hundreds of pockets. Pay little heed to the joinery snobs. For many applications pocket screws are a fine solution. :-)

- skatefriday


+1 Pocket holes are perfect for some applications. Kreg is the standard. You don’t need the most expensive one but I’d also not get the least expensive one that is the little stand-alone clamp-on model. Sorry, don’t remember the model numbers or letters.

The K4 Master is a little more money and has some added stuff like a dust collector attachment but I just made my own with a hose clamp but it has worked fine for me for close to 10 years.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#7 posted 06-02-2021 07:48 PM

I have an old Kreg K2 I have had for I don’t even know, 30 years? My FiL bought me a K4 for Christmas a while back and it’s still in the box since the K2 still works fine. That said if I was buying a new one I would personally probably just buy one of the latest ones, I forget the model but maybe like 420 or 520? They keep making upgrades so may as well get the new features if spending money.

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#8 posted 06-02-2021 08:01 PM

If you really want to pocket hole, the kreg Forman is a very good machine.

I paired it with a kreg 310 for the odd things that wouldn’t fit in the Forman.

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#9 posted 06-02-2021 08:06 PM

I recently picked up the Kreg 720 Pro, a huge upgrade from the little R3 I had. I don’t know how the 720 holds up against the other Kreg jigs like the K5, but I like it. Its much faster than the clamp on one I used to use and it has dust collection, which saves a bunch of time because pocket holes make a lot of mess.

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#10 posted 06-02-2021 08:43 PM

I have the kreg K2 I think, great for carcass building “shop cabinets” , face frames very handy.

-- Petey

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#11 posted 06-02-2021 08:51 PM

I use KREG.

But maybe more importantly, if you’re gluing and using pocket holes, it’s imperative that you clamp your parts securely before driving pocket screws, as they can make your parts move slightly, and that can be seriously maddening.

Good luck and post pics as you go.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#12 posted 06-02-2021 08:56 PM

I like the classic Kreg K4. The new 720 and 720 Pro are more versatile but I don’t like pocket holes enough to care. Nothing against them for joint strength or anything like that. I just find them fiddly but I still use them when appropriate.

I made a simple fixture that holds the jig and the accessories needed. It hangs on the wall when not in use.

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#13 posted 06-02-2021 08:59 PM


I use KREG.

But maybe more importantly, if you re gluing and using pocket holes, it s imperative that you clamp your parts securely before driving pocket screws, as they can make your parts move slightly, and that can be seriously maddening.

Good luck and post pics as you go.

- BigMig

YES! Save yourself some frustration. At least buy these 2 clamps. You can find off-brand versions online too. You can make your own corner jig.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#14 posted 06-02-2021 09:31 PM

If I was just starting out I would opt for one of the motorized units that self adjusts. I imagine a lot of folks using manual units would too. If you decide one of them is too much coin for right now, I’d make a post asking to buy an older jig. You’ll get one a lot cheaper than retail, and outside of needing a new drill bit, they are hard to break, so it will be usable.

Of the manual units, and not knowing for sure what I might make with it I would only look at the Kreg single jig, which needs to be clamped on to work, simple and foolproof. If you want a levered jig then only the 3 or the 5, both of which have the locking handle in the front, where you stand to use it. If you are making a large plywood panel with one of the ill conceived back side clampers, either bring help, or be prepared to walk around the position and clamp every hole you make, then walk back around front to drill it out. On small stuff, sure you can reach over, but big stuff is terrible on the back side clampers 2 and 4 IIRC.

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#15 posted 06-02-2021 10:20 PM

Pocket holes can come in very handy but when you say some basic furniture items, I just want to make sure that you are not planning to make a chair for example using pocket screws. I am sure it is possible to shore it up but I would not use pocket screws to secure the aprons on a chair for example. They can make very strong joints but a chair is not one of those things that I would rely just on pockets screw joinery to make.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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