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This pocket hole plans book has 11 projects.

PROJECT REVIEW of 4 Projects from the Pocket Hole Plans Book.

The four projects in this section of the pocket hole plans book are:

  • Window bench;
  • Chest of drawers;
  • Kitchen display and storage cabinet; and
  • coffe and end tables.



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This window bench is a great project for your Kreg jig.

Project Four: Window Bench.

Difficulty Rating: Intermediate

Types of Pocket Hole Joinery Used:

  • corner mitered joints;
  • edge joining; and
  • right angle joints.

The window bench plan uses frame and panel design. It has many mitered corners, and rabbeted edges. In addition to the Kreg jig, you will need both a table saw and a router to complete this project.

We have not found a way to simplify the construction to make this a beginner project.

Project 7 from the pocket hole plans book would be a much better Kreg jig project to start with.


Your Kreg jig and pocket screws make this dresser easy.

Project Five: Chest of Drawers.

Difficulty Rating: Advanced Beginner

Types of Pocket Hole Joinery Used:

  • right angle corners;
  • drawer box construction;
  • L - joints; and
  • edge banding.

This chest of drawers uses the same techniques used in caabinet making. This 5th project from the pocket hole plans book has quite a few pieces, and quite a few steps. But, other than the mitered corners on the skirt at the bottom, all is doable for a beginner.

We do not recommend this as your very first Kreg jig project, but after a couple of simpler projects, this one is certainly doable for a beginner with a Kreg jig.

This dresser can be built without either a table saw or a router. The plans show the use of a router for rounding off the edges of the top and drawer fronts. If you don't have a router, you could use an edge planer instead to achieve the same results.

The author shows the edge banding on the top and drawer fronts without mitered corners. It would not be necessary to miter the skirt at the bottom either. You would just have to make the front piece of the skirt long enough to cover the two side pieces.



The author shows the edge banding on the top and drawer fronts without mitered corners. It would not be necessary to miter the skirt at the bottom either. You would just have to make the front piece of the skirt long enough to cover the two side pieces.

The 1 1/4" coarse thread, Kreg pocket screws will be used any place you are drilling into 3/4" pressboard or plywood. For drilling into hardwood, such as the edge banding, you will want to use the fine thread, Kreg pocket screws.

Because the drawers are made with 1/2" baltic plywood, you will need to use 1" coarse thread, Kreg pocket screws to assemble the drawer boxes.

The author of this pocket hole plans book used right-angle metal brackets to attach the top. It would be just as easy to use pocket hole joinery to attach the top to the carcass.


Pocket screws from Kreg are the most reliable.

Project Six: Kitchen Display and Storage Cabinet.

Difficulty Rating: Advanced

Types of Pocket Hole Joinery Used:

  • T-joint;
  • L - joint;
  • right angle joint;
  • drawer box construction;
  • mitered corner joints;and
  • face angle joinery;
The kitchen display and storage cabinet is the most complex of all of the plans in the pocket hole plans book.

It uses just about every type of pocket hole joinery available. In addition it requires dados, rabbets, and mitered corners. You will definitely need a table saw and a router with several bits.

It has a total of 64 pieces, not including the moulding on the base.

You will use 1 1/4' coarse thread, pocket screws when drilling into plywood. But when drilling into the hardwood, such as assembling the many face frames, you will need to use 1 1/4" fine thread, pocket screws.

In addition, you will need to use some 1" coarse thread, pocket screws to assemble the drawer box.

To learn when and where to use the various pocket hole screws, go to 'All About Pocket Hole Screws.'

This is a beautiful and interesting piece, but not a project for a beginner.


This project includes some basic pocket hole joinery.

Project Seven: Coffee and End Tables.

Difficulty Rating: Beginner

Types of Pocket Hole Joinery Used:

  • right angle corner;
  • edge joinery;
  • drawer box construction;
  • offset joinery;and
  • leg and rail joinery.



This is the simplest project in the pocket hole plans book. The same techniques shown in this table plan can be used on all smaller-sized tables.

You do not need a table saw or a router to make this table. The plan calls for routing the edges of the table top, but that could be done with an edge planer

If you make this from pine, you could simplify the project by using a solid pine panel for the top. This would eliminate the edge joining, and give you a top you know will be smooth.

You will need both 1 1/4" coarse thread, and 1 1/4" fine thread, pocket screws. You will also need 1" coarse thread, pocket screws to assemble the drawer box.

This would be a very satisfying Kreg jig project for a beginner!

Once you have built this table, you will be able to design any tables you need for either living room or bedroom.


The Kreg jig makes the holes for the pocket screws.

To review the first 3 plans in "The Pocket Hole Drilling Jig Project Book", including the:

  • Free standing base cabinet;
  • Tall bookcase: and
  • Quilt rack,
click on the quilt rack icon.

This plan uses pocket hole joinery as a design element.

For our review of the last 4 plans in Danny Proulx's pocket hole plans book, including the:

  • Sofa or hall table;
  • Framed mirror;
  • Pendulum wall clock: and
  • Octagonal wall clock,
click on the pendulum clock icon.

If you own a Kreg jig, and are looking for new projects to build, we recommend this book.

Originally published at $24.99 in 2004, it is now available for much less. Click on the cover icon to find this book at Amazon.com.




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