The Pocket Hole Joint Options Make Woodworking Easier!
The pocket hole joint is used most often in cabinet shops for making face frames. With pocket hole joinery, the face frames can be assembled in a quarter of the time of more traditional joints. And, often, joint strength and alignment are improved.
The Kreg joint can also be used with assembly of cabinet cases, and in other projects requiring assembly of work pieces at right angles. The sides and bottom of the bookcase are being connected to the face frame with pocket hole joints.
Check out the sides of the cradle being attached to the cradle head.
When you need a larger surface, the pocket hole joint can be used to connect boards together. This works great for making table tops. These 3 boards were connected to make a solid wood top for a bookshelf. This Kreg joint is called "edge joining".
We also used edge joining on the Kreg Tool bird feeder to make a larger platform.
Another option the pocket screw jig gives you is "edge banding". This is useful to make a finished edge on the front of a bookshelf. Or to put a solid wood edge around a plywood surface.
Edges were added to this bird feeder platform by using pocket hole screws at the bottom of the platform.
To see how well this bird feeder from Kreg Tool worked out, click on the photo.
Pocket hole joinery can also be used for connecting aprons to table tops. Because the Kreg pocket holes are on the inside of the apron, they are completely hidden from view.
The Kreg joint works wonderfully for connecting legs to furniture. It can also be used to connect the legs on a deck.
Both indoor and outdoor stairways can be built using pocket hole joinery. With your pocket screw jig the indoor stairway can be completely built from the back, so you will not have any nail holes to fill. Also, you will avoid squeaky stairs as the house settles.
If you want to make your own picture frames, the Kreg joint will help you pull those mitered corners together. However, the width of your frame needs to be at least 2 inches.
As you get more familiar with your pocket screw jig, you can make angled corners, bevels and curves. (We haven't tried those, yet.)
If you need to extend the window jambs inward - i.e. to add more insulation - the whole extension could be made with pocket hole joints, and there would be no nail holes to cover up.
The pocket hole joint is a great alternative for repairs as well. You may be able to:
tighten up wobbly furniture;
fix loose drawer fronts;
fix loose floor boards;
connect separating cabinets;
strenthen ready-to-assemble furniture; plus
a thousand more uses you will think of yourself.
So, whether your interest is:
kitchen and bathroom cabinets; or
you will find your pocket screw jig a valuable and handy tool.
The other chapters in the WHY KREG JIG? section include: