Use Kreg Pocket Hole Plugs When The Pocket Hole is Visible.
Learn More About Kreg Jig Plugs.
Sometimes the Kreg pocket hole plugs come in handy.
Normally, however, your pocket holes will be hidden from view. A well-designed pocket hole plan will put the holes:
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, as in the frame in the photo.
CREATIVE USES OF POCKET HOLE PLUGS.
This Footstool was Designed to Accentuate the Pocket Holes.
Kreg has designed a foot stool that doesn't hide the pocket holes, but rather
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 a 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 from Kreg Tool Company on their CD.
It is available from Amazon with the link in the right column.
Pocket Hole Plug Mirror Designed by Danny Proulx.
The design incorporating the pocket holes plugs is a little more subtle in this mirror, but still very distinctive. This mirror plan is a part of the book, Pocket Hole Drilling Guide by Danny Proulx. That, too, is available from Amazon by a link in the right column.
Kreg Pocket Hole Plugs Are Available in Several Kinds of Wood.
Kreg Tool Company makes a variety of these plugs. You can buy pre-cut, tapered, solid wood plugs in:
For Painted or Melamine Projects, Plastic Pocket Hole Plugs May Work.
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.
You Can Watch This Video to Learn How to Make Your Own Pocket Hole Plugs.
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 gluing the plugs makes sense.
Another argument for gluing 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.
I Used Pocket Hole Plugs in This Chair Repair.
I repaired this chair seat. A couple of the pocket holes I made on the bottom of the seat were at the front where somebody could grab to pull the chair closer to the table.