I only discovered it the other day and I was astonished to find how
much there is on the web about it, with numerous jigs available. I'm
thinking of getting the Kreg mini kit for around £32 just to try it
out. Looks pretty neat from the video! The additional screws are a
I bought one of these a couple of years ago and have been very pleased
ISTR that the Kreg mini kit doesn't have any clamps, whereas this one
does. The instructions with it weren't very good (if there were any at
all - I can't remember) but I downloaded some for the much more
expensive Trend jig, which could easily be applied to it.
[See the Pocket Hole Jig link on
We used to use them about 15 years ago, before Kreg appeared on the
scene. The problem we found was that the joint needed to be securely
cramped before tightening as the components tend to squirm when
tightening up the connection.
As a way of making a joint a bit agricultural to my way of thinking.
Still have loads of the screws ;-(
Paul Mc Cann
What's so special about the screws that they can charge an arm and a
leg for them, I wonder? They're just screws, aren't they? I, too, did
wonder about joint rigidity. This gadget should keep the joint tight
while screwing in the screws:
For now I'm carrying on in the usual way: I drill 8mm holes from the
outside through the leg and into the stile, fix the joint with wood
glued fluted dowels, then after it's dried, fill the redundant hole
with a glued-in offcut of plain dowel and sanded flush. I also glued
and screwed corner blocks to the inside four corners of the small side
table I'm making to keep the thing square. Pretty cheap solution. I've
used the method for years.
Crikey! It's a bit of a jump going from a mini Kreg to biscuit joints!
Tip of the day: Save green or blue plastic milk carton caps and use
for small amounts of PVA wood glue. Simply throw away the cap when
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