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Forum topic by andy6601 posted 02-18-2012 06:31 PM 5349 views 0 times favorited 40 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-18-2012 06:31 PM

I just would like to get some feed back on anyone who has used this product and likes it or does not like it. I am looking to get one of the sets but they are kind of pricey. Also I am looking to use it to make furniture and I want to know if anyone uses it for that and can say how well it holds up or how well it does not hold up. Any comments on this would be great.

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#1 posted 02-18-2012 06:42 PM

Hey Andy, I just finished and posted a project that I used a KREG jig to build (Blanket Chest), and I have to say it worked very well. My wife bought me one a while back and I’ve used it for a lot of things. It makes a good strong joint, especially when glued. It’s also fast and tough. Just make sure the pieces are clamped together good before you screw them together. No complaints man. Hope this helps you. RMP…....

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#2 posted 02-18-2012 06:46 PM

I bought one to use on 1” pine boards and I have a lot of trouble with it splitting when screwing in the screws, even by hand. I finally use shorter then suggested screws and the splitting was less. It works OK on 2×4’s. When I build something of hardwood I use different joinery than pocket hole .

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#3 posted 02-18-2012 06:46 PM

I bought this one for about $20 a year or so back (cause I couldnt afford the big set) and have used about 50 times for repairs and stuff its worked well. I am planing to get the big set soon

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#4 posted 02-18-2012 07:31 PM

I have the big set and use it frequently in softwoods, hardwoods, and plywood. Great for jigs and fixes and fast builds. Not really appropriate for heirloom furniture, though.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 02-18-2012 07:43 PM

My first $20 set drilled about 700 holes before I attempted to sharpen the drill (it is difficult) I then broke out another 20 and got my second set. They are great and would not be able to do many quick jigs in my shop with out this amazing tool. See my fence project for what Kreg can do for you.

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#6 posted 02-18-2012 07:44 PM

I’ve had the K3 set for about three years and sometimes wonder how I ever got along without it. Mine is mostly used for making faceframes (I just finished two this morning), and I love the fact that I can build a faceframe and immediately attach it to a carcass without waiting for another glueup to dry.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#7 posted 02-18-2012 10:13 PM

Bought my first one about ten years ago…have used it alot…..if its spliting your wood u r useing the wrong a little homework on screw types for diffrent woods..i,m sure you will like it to


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#8 posted 02-18-2012 10:23 PM

I feel guilty in that I used to do a lot of tenons and floating tenons. Now I often use my kreg jig. It’s a really strong joint and takes half or less time. When I build something I think floating tenons or pocket holes. I find that there is no reason not to use the screws even though I feel like I should be building it more traditionally.

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#9 posted 02-18-2012 10:26 PM

It’s a great jib. Jim – I agree with Kizer – you are probably using the wrong screws. I use my kreg on both hardwoods and softwoods and have never had a split. It’s worth the money – no doubt.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#10 posted 02-19-2012 01:38 AM

Well here is my thought, if it saves time and is just as stong of a joint why not use it. Most people could care less about fancy joinery on a piece of furniture unless they are woodworkers themselves. Now I am not saying that mortise and tenons and all that is out dated but I am looking at the time factor. I am weekend warrior at best and when I watched an episode of Woodsmith they built a nice out door table and an end table using just the Kreg pocket screw jig for all of the joinery and put it together in no time. But great input so far I would like to here what others have to say.

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#11 posted 02-19-2012 02:44 AM

The kreg jig is great, I have one and haven’t had any problems with it. Plus if you think of the cost of other tools used for joinery, it is a good price. Compare the price of a kreg jig to that of a biscuit joiner or the domino… (If you have deep pockets…). Or the time involved in M&T joints. The kreg jig really cuts down on time, especially glue times like previously stated.

-- Ryan: "Everything is a hammer, except for a screwdriver and that's a chisel..."

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#12 posted 02-19-2012 06:05 AM

I used the K3 jig to build all of my shop cabinets – carcases, face frames, and drawers.

I use the smaller micro size for the 1/2” plywood drawers. It is fast, strong, and pretty much eliminates the need for clamping.

-- Lee - Phoenix, AZ

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#13 posted 02-19-2012 09:58 AM

I’ve got a K3 master system.
I used it for mainly one project.
I really like how everything comes in the kit even a small sampling of the screws and plugs they offer.
The vise grip plyers work great for aligning panels during glue ups with and with out pocket screws.
I also like how they made the drill depth stop adjustment gage on the base of the tool.
My only negative comment is they could have made a much nicer case. The one I got the grip plyers don’t fit and everything else is lose inside the small case. I wish there was fit dividers for the kit, so I could tell if some thing is missing.
The micro drill guide kit is next on my list to complete my kreg collection.
Have you seen that porter cable makes a pocket screw jig?

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#14 posted 02-19-2012 12:01 PM

This gizmo to make kitchens and cabinets is the bees knees. Get it, you won`t be sorry.

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#15 posted 02-19-2012 12:06 PM

I have the K3 and love it.
I use it a lot for shop projects and it works great.

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

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