Use Kreg Pocket Hole Plugs When The Pocket Hole is Visible.
Normally, your pocket holes will be hidden from view. A well-designed pocket hole plan will put the holes:
- inside, or
- on top of the wood working project.
BUT, sometimes you just can't hide them, and that's when the Kreg pocket hole plugs come in handy.
AND, sometimes you choose not to hide the pocket hole plugs.
or on the mirror photo, to see a project that uses that technique.
Kreg makes a variety of these plugs. You can buy pre-cut, tapered, solid wood plugs in:
- walnut, and
Custom Made Pocket Hole Plugs
If it is important for your wood working project to have plugs made from the same wood, Kreg will make custom pocket hole plugs for you. You just send Kreg Tool three or more sticks that measure 1/2" by 1/2" by 36". They will be able to make approximately 50 plugs per stick. As of September, 2010, the cost was $10/stick.
You can also get Kreg pocket hole plugs for painted or melamine surfaces. The plastic, ultra-low profile plugs come in black, brown, light-brown, almond and white.
Are the Plugs Sticking Above the Surface?
The Kreg pocket hole plugs are made to work with wood that's only 3/4 inch thick, up to wood that is 1 1/2 inches thick.
If you are using pocket hole plugs in 3/4 inch material, the plug may be higher than the surface of your wood working project.
You have several options to make them flush with the surface.
Kreg Tool recommends, "To eliminate this excess material and bring your plug to flush, we recommend using a flush cut laminate bit in your router to trim off the majority of the waste and then sanding to flush."
If you don't have a router, etc., then inset the plugs and trim them with a chisel. Finish up with sanding the plugs smooth.
Are your plugs too big for your pocket holes?
You may run into a situation where the wooden plugs will not fit into the holes you made with your pocket jig. Usually this is just due to high humidity. Kreg Tool has a simple solution: stick your plugs into the microwave for a FEW seconds. This will reduce the moisture in the plug and allow for easy insertion into the pocket holes.
To glue, or not to glue?
If your wood working project is permanently put together, then glueing the plugs makes sense.
Another argument for glueing is so the plugs will not get lost.
BUT if your project is designed to disassemble when you move, you do not want to glue.
Creative uses of Kreg pocket hole plugs.
Kreg has designed a foot stool that doesn't hide the pocket holes, but makes them the key element in the design. The now very visible pocket holes were plugged with a wood that contrasted in color to the other wood of the footstool, giving the footstool and very distinctive and delightful look. It makes you want to reach out and touch the wood.
This Kreg project is one of the 15 projects for Kreg tool on their CD.
We are hoping that other designers will intentionally incorporate the contrasting plug in some new wood working projects.
The other chapters in the WHY KREG JIG? section include:
“Step-by-Step Instructions to Set Up Your Kreg Pocket Hole Jig.”
“All About Kreg Pocket Hole Screws”
“All About Kreg Face Clamps”
“The Different Kind of Pocket Hole Joints”
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