KREG JIG ® FOR BEGINNER WOODWORKING PROJECTS!
We are sold on the Kreg Jig!
To make even beginner woodworking projects you need to connect at least 2 pieces of wood together. In other words, you need a joint. On “Antiques Road Show” you have seen the experts point out the dove tail joints in drawers, and the mortise and tenon joints on tables. If you have read any how-to make furniture books you probably have learned about “biscuit” joints and dowel joints.
All of these require an expert's level of accuracy that is beyond both the beginner and the hobby woodworker. AND they require a shopful of expensive tools that most of us can't afford.
There is an option for us – the nonexperts – to create furniture - especially using our free wood project plans - that looks great and will last a lifetime:
THE KREG POCKET HOLE SYSTEM!
Why did we choose to focus on the Kreg pocket hole jig?
One writer described the Kreg's system as “dummy-proof”. Kreg Tool described it as “seriously simple”. Neither complicated math nor a calculator are required. If you know how to use a drill you can make both beginner woodworking projects, and fine furniture!
To get started making furniture with our free wood project plans, you don't need to invest a lot of money! You will need only minimal tools, with the “expensive” ones being a circular saw, a drill and the Kreg pocket hole jig.
If you haven't purchased your own Kreg jig yet, you have several options. We chose the
Kreg K4MS Jig Master System
because it had everything we needed to get started. Expect to pay about $140.
Since then Kreg has put together a new package - the
Kreg Tool Company KTC5750 Toolboxx Master Collection. Since we started making Kreg jig projects, we have purchased all of the pieces included in the new set, except for the tool box. And we wish we had that! At $299, the price may be a barrier for the budget-minded. If so, buying piecemeal works just fine!
It's fast to learn and it's fast to use. You will be able to assemble your kreg jig projects “amazingly fast”. Literally, you will be able to build a project one day, and apply the finish the next.
A pocket hole joint is approximately 35% stronger than a comparable mortise and tenon joint. A metal screw is much stronger than the wooden dowels, tenons and biscuits it replaces. Also, the angle of the screw makes it more difficult for the 2 pieces to pull apart. To separate a joint in one of our Kreg jig projects would require pulling against the screw threads AND against part of the wood.
Check out Ana White's book The Handbuilt Home: 34 Simple Stylish and Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every Room
published in the fall of 2012. Ana White is well known for her Kreg plans for the woodworking beginner. Even if you only use one plan out of the 34 included in the book, the purchase price will be well worth it!
It's almost GLUE FREE!
You don't have the mess of glue AND you don't have to wait for the glue to dry before you move on to your next step in each of your wood working projects. Occasionally, we will recommend glue in one of our free wood project plans, but it is very rare!
By removing some of the pocket hole screws you may be able to disassemble a piece of furniture, lay it flat for moving, and reassemble at your new location.
You can make almost every wood working joint with your Kreg pocket hole jig. It has thousands of uses. You will use it for home improvement projects, including the always-needed garage storage. You can use it to make your own cabinets, outdoor furniture, and fine furniture. You may use it to fix squeaky stairs, wobbly furniture, and cabinets that are coming apart. The more you use your pocket hole tool, the more uses will find for it.
AND, we hope that the more you build with our free wood project plans, the more you will want to build!
The quality of the Kreg's pocket hole system is immediately apparent. The blue base is made from Nylon glass reinforced material. Hardened steel is used in the drill guides. This pocket hole system will give you a lifetime of service. We have used it with hundreds of Kreg jig projects!
It's a SYSTEM!
There are cheaper pocket hole jigs out there, but, please!, don't buy them. They don't come with all the pieces and tools you need to make your pocket hole joints the first time and every time! The built-in clamp and the alignment guides, as well as all the other feaures of the Kreg pocket hole system, are more than worth the little bit extra you pay.
There is one MINOR disadvantage - it is not always possible to hide the pocket holes. There are a couple of not-quite-perfect solutions you can use when you have that situation.
SO HOW DOES THE KREG POCKET HOLE SYSTEM WORK?
Rockler Woodworking says, “Pocket hole joinery with the Kreg system is a fast and simple 2-step process: drill a hole, and screw the parts together.”
The key, though, is to drill the hole at the perfect angle! A shallow angle will result in a weak joint, but a too deep angle may take you through the other side of the wood.
The Kreg system will give you the right angle the first time, every time, if you just follow the simple directions for use! And the result will be a very strong joint.
Kreg Tool has taken out all the guess work by building into their jig the preset markers for setting up both the drill bit and the drill guide. As a result of the quality of their system, the name 'Kreg' is synonymous with pocket hole joinery.
We know that with the free wood project plans you will find on our site combined with the Kreg pocket hole system, you will be able to build beautiful furniture, sturdy cabinets, and a host of other Kreg jig projects.
The other chapters in the WHY KREG JIG?
“Step-by-Step Instructions to Set Up Your Kreg Pocket Hole Jig.”
“All About Kreg Pocket Hole Screws”
“All About Kreg Pocket Hole Plugs”
“All About Kreg Face Clamps”
“The Different Kind of Pocket Hole Joints”
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