How To Use A Pocket Hole Jig

When you’re building and do not want to see screws on your projects, the Pocket Hole Joint is the way to go. It’s an extremely strong joint, and you can use it on any type of project and every screw is neatly hidden away. A Pocket Hole is an angled hole drilled into one board, which then allows you to drill a screw through to another board. The Pocket Hole Jig makes drilling the angled hole easy. Adjustable guides and stop collar bits help with the width and depth of your hole.

To use a Pocket Hole Jig, simply clamp it to your workspace, adjust the guides for the thickness of your hole, and adjust the stop collar bit for the depth. Make sure your wood is clamped tightly into the jig, and you are ready to drill. Place your bit in the guide and drill. Back the drill out to clear away the chips and to prevent overheating.

To join the boards you will need the appropriate screws and the correct driver. To build your piece you want to align your parts and use wood glue to strengthen your joints even further. Drill the screws into the wood, but let the glue dry to prevent any shifting. To finish use wooden plugs if you need to position your holes on the outside of your piece.

For sleek, strong finishes, use a Pocket Hole on your next project. For more information visit

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18 Replies to “How To Use A Pocket Hole Jig”

  1. Talk about lightning fast explanation! How about showing the jig first??? Wayyy too fast.

  2. I was very surprised to see than none of the comment have mentioned the wrong way that the screws was shown in the video. At 0:17/0:20 it shows how the screws going through the top wood and in to the bottom one. You must ALWAYS direct the screws towards the longer end for maximum strength witch means in your example you should drill from the outside of the top board towards the inside of the bottom board. The way you do it is very week with minimum strength. People should not copy that. Thanks.

  3. I recent purchased the K4 Kreg Jig.

    I am trying to join two 1.25"x1.25" pieces of red oak and the manual states to use 2 inch fine thread screws. But whenever I use those screws, its splits my oak.

    What other options are there?

  4. A video that provides a beautiful and well explanation of how to use a pocket hole jig, by a beautiful host….Two thumbs up.

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