Why would I use a jig? The intentions of using a jig is to pre-drill holes into your materials to completely hide all fasteners.
Some carpenters and handy-men will build their own jig with scrap wood. You can do this, but you will need to build a new one for each material thickness and screw length you need. The Kreg Jig is adjustable, easy to use, easy to set up and as long as you are paying attention, fool proof. If you are going to do what I’ve done and build lots of your own furniture then the Kreg is worth every penny. If you are just planning on doing one or two small projects, it may not be worth it. I have used this Jig on my Farmhouse Console Table, Farmhouse Coffee Table, End Table, Farmhouse Dining Table and I have many plans for it in the near future too!
The photos below are taken during the construction of my Farmhouse Bench, this post has very thorough instructions!!
Step 1. determine the thickness of your materials.
Step 2. use the kreg chart to determine the size if screw you need for that thickness of material.
Step 3. adjust the kreg for the screw length by adjusting the hight of the guide.
Step 4. adjust the stopper on the bit to ensure you don’t over drill, you want the bit to sit nicely on the pedestal where the screw length is indicated.
Step 5. insert your materials – ensure it is secure!!! Also make sure that you are flat, little wood chips will cause some chaos.
Step 6. double check that you have the bad side facing you.
Step 7. ensure that your pocket hole are covered – in the image below you can see that one silver track is showing. Either move the wood or drill through a different track. If I was to drill through the visible track, you would be able to see the hole; which completely defeats the purpose of the Jig.
Step 8. you’re done with the jig! Screw into the holes and connect your frame. The Jig comes with a really long bit that will help you get into the pocket holes, a normal bit won’t be long enough.
I have also used the Kreg Jig to make the table top of my Farmhouse Coffee Table:
and I have used it to build some basic frames for other DIY’s, find my DIY Starfish Mirrors here.