9 Pocket Hole Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

Setting up the Kreg Pocket Hole Jig and using it to build DIY furniture is sooo easy! Despite that mistakes are easy to make, and trust me, I’ve made most of them! Today I’m sharing with you 9 pocket hole mistakes you don’t want to make. basic woodworking skills woodworking skills list

If you have been following for a bit you know I use my Kreg Jig for nearly every DIY furniture project I build. Over the years I’ve had a lot of pocket hole successes, but I’ve also made a few pocket hole mistakes along the way. Today I’m sharing those mistakes with you, so you don’t make them too! basic woodworking skills woodworking skills list

9 Pocket Hole Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

Before we dive into the pocket hole mistakes we want to avoid let’s review what a Kreg Jig does and how to properly set it up for building DIY furniture. basic woodworking skills woodworking skills list

What is Pocket Hole Joinery?

The Kreg Jig uses preset holes to drill angled pocket holes in a piece of wood. A pocket screw, specifically designed for use with pocket holes draws the two pieces of wood together to form a strong joint. basic woodworking skills woodworking skills list

What are the Common Pocket Hole Joints?

The most common joints made with a Kreg Jig are butt joints and edge joints. A butt joint joins the end of one piece of wood to the edge of another piece of wood. Common uses for butt joints are frames for side assemblies and doors. basic woodworking skills woodworking skills list

An edge joint joins the edges of two boards. Common uses for edge joints are panels and table tops.

Kreg Jig Setup

Step 1 – Set the Drill Guide

The first step to using the Kreg Jig is to adjust the drill guide to the thickness of your board. If your board is 1-1/2″, set the jig for 1-1/2″. For this example, our board is 3/4”, so we’ll set the drill guide to 3/4”. basic woodworking skills woodworking skills list

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Step 2 – Set the Drill

The next step is to set the drill depth. Again, you’ll want to match the drill depth to the thickness of your board. For this example, our board is 3/4”. Loosen the collar with an Allen key and move the shoulder of the drill bit (or the bottom of the stepped area of the drill bit) to correspond with the 3/4” mark and tighten the collar. basic woodworking skills woodworking skills list

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Step 3 – Drill Pocket Holes

Next clamp the board in the jig to correspond with the appropriate drill holes. Chuck the drill bit in your drill and insert the drill bit into the guide block until it hits the wood. Slightly raise the drill bit and bring the drill up to full speed. Then gently lower the bit into the wood and start drilling the pocket hole. Keep drilling until the collar on the drill bit contacts the drill guide. basic woodworking skills woodworking skills list

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Pro Tip: For wood that is 1-1/2” wide, center the wood between holes B and C, and drill in holes B and C. For wood that is 2-1/2” wide, center the wood between holes A and B, and drill in holes A and B. Wood that is 3-1/2” wide, center the wood between holes A and C, an drill in holes A and C. basic woodworking skills woodworking skills list

For all other widths of wood, make sure your pocket holes are set in a minimum of 3/4” from the edge to avoid possibly cracking the wood. basic woodworking skills woodworking skills list

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