Pocket Hole Screw Guide: Minimum Thickness
Kreiger’s Pocket Hole Jig 320 is one of the best pocket hole jigs available today. You can see it in action here:
The reason why this tool works so well is because it uses a special design that allows you to make perfect pocket holes with minimal effort. If you are looking for something similar but less expensive then look no further than Kreiger’s Pocket Hole Jig 320! What makes this particular pocket hole jig so good? Well, let’s take a closer look at its features…
1) The Kreg Jig is designed to work with a wide variety of materials such as wood, plastic, metal and even cardboard.
That means you don’t have to worry about whether or not your material will fit into the jig properly. Just put it in place and start drilling!
2) The Kreg Jig is also designed to drill through multiple layers of material without damage.
So if you’re working with a piece of plywood, for example, you won’t need to worry about ripping out any of the edges or corners since they’ll just be hidden underneath the hole.
3) Finally, the Kreg Jig doesn’t require any tools other than a standard Phillips head screwdriver (or regular flathead).
So it’s really quite easy to use no matter who you are or how much experience you have!
Tips on Pocket Hole Jig Use
Now that you know a little bit about what makes the Kreg Jig so useful, you might be wondering if there are any good tips for using it. Well, of course there are!
1) Using the right drill bit is very important for a couple of reasons.
The main reason is because you don’t want the bit to be too big. This will reduce the size of the hole that goes all the way through your material and make it more likely to split the edges. The other reason is because you don’t want the bit to be too small.
This will make it more difficult to create a smooth hole and may even cause splintering in the material.
So what size drill bit should you use?
It’s recommended that you use a drill bit that is half the thickness of your material. For example, if you’re putting a hole through 1/4″ thick material then you’ll want to use a 1/8″ diameter drill bit. The Kreg Jig 320 comes with a drill bit of the proper size so you don’t have to worry about selecting the right one!
2) It’s important that your drill is set up properly as well.
This means that the pressure of your hand should control the speed of the drill; the drill bit should spin at a constant speed. If the drill is constantly speeding up and slowing down then this means that the pressure you’re using is not consistent and this can cause your drill bit to bind in the middle of the hole you’re trying to make. This can also cause your material to split.
3) Take it slow when you first start using the pocket hole jig.
Don’t try to make several holes right away; instead, build up speed and momentum slowly so the drill bit can smoothly cut through your material without any problems.
4) Be aware of the type of material you’re drilling into.
Different materials require different drilling techniques. For example: hardwood vs softwood, wood with grain vs wood against grain, plastic, metal, etc. Each material has different properties and will respond differently to the pressure you use while drilling.
5) It’s always a good idea to clamp your material in some way so that it doesn’t move or shift while you’re trying to make a hole.
Even though the Kreg Jig has a design to allow for loose material, having some extra support can never hurt!
6) When making your pocket holes, be sure to measure them afterwards.
You want the top of the hole to be exactly one half inch from the top of the material. Any more or any less and your joint won’t line up correctly.
7) After you’ve drilled your holes, it’s always a good idea to clean out the sawdust that has accumulated inside the hole with a brush or compressed air.
This will ensure that your pieces will go together smoothly later on.
8) When attaching the Kreg Jig fence to your material, it’s important that you do this BEFORE you start drilling any holes.
This is because the fence can affect where the hole is actually going to end up. For example: if your material moves slightly forward when the clamp goes on then your new starting point will be closer to the front of the material; likewise if it moves backward then your new starting point will be toward the back of the material. This might not seem like a big deal at first but when you’re working with small pieces of material then every little bit counts!
9) If you ever have difficulty trying to start a hole, it might be helpful to first drill a small pilot hole.
This small pilot hole can help to move aside any wood that is in the way of where the actual pocket hole will go. However, this should be used sparingly or else you might weaken your material.
10) If you ever feel like the drill bit is binding and not cutting through the material easily, then your material is likely twisted or bent. This happens when pressure is applied to one side of the material while drilling. The best way to fix this is to take a break from drilling and realign everything so that the material isn’t twisted.
11) While it isn’t necessary, most people will apply some sort of edge coating to the outside of their material so that the exposed plywood edges don’t splinter. This is usually done with a wood stain, wood filler, or even wood glue (although this might make the material a little heavier than desired).
12) As you drill more and more holes you’re going to find that the drill bit gets progressively shorter. When this starts happening, it’s time to switch to a new bit. Otherwise the dull bit will start chewing up your material rather than cutting through it cleanly.
13) If you’re going through multiple pieces of material then it might be a good idea to have a dedicated power drill for this task alone. This is especially true if you’re drilling multiple layers of plywood as the added torque of the power drill can help to prevent the material from twisting.
14) Don’t worry about getting every single hole perfect on your first try. You can always go back and redo it later. In fact, I’d advise you to do it that way since you’ll probably find it easier the second time around!
15) You don’t always have to use the Kreg Jig HD. It’s actually just one of several different types of Kreg Jigs. Each of these can be used for different sized materials or different sized holes.
For example, you might use the Kreg Jig Mini when working with smaller pieces of material.
16) When you’re done drilling, it’s always a good idea to go back and fill in any exposed plywood edges with wood filler. Not only will this prevent splintering but it will also give your project a more finished look.
Taking Care of Your Kreg Jig
Your Kreg Jig is a precision tool and as such it’s going to require a bit of TLC from you if you want it to last. If you take care of your Kreg Jig then it should last for years and allow you to accomplish hundreds of projects without needing to be replaced!
Here are some tips on how to do that:
1) Before using the Kreg Jig for the first time, apply a thin layer of wax to any surface that will be in contact with the wood.
This will help to prevent the plywood from getting stuck in place. Applying wax isn’t necessary if you’re only drilling lightweight material.
2) Check your drill bit and make sure that it isn’t worn or chipped in any way.
If it is, then you might need to replace it. Worn bits will not only cause problems with the Kreg Jig but they can also damage your material.
3) Check the tip of the drill bit and make sure that it isn’t bent out of shape.
If it is, you can gently bend it back into place using your fingers. Don’t use pliers as this could cause the bit to break.
4) After you’ve finished drilling all of your holes, remove the drill bit and wipe it down with a damp cloth.
Dry the bit off and store it away in a safe place so that it doesn’t get lost. Leaving the drill bit exposed to the elements will cause it rust over time.
Finishing Your Kreg Jig Project
After you’ve finished drilling all of the holes and your Kreg Jig is out of commission, it’s time to move on to finishing the project off.
1) Depending on the look that you want, you’re going to choose one of two approaches.
For a more rustic or country look, you might want to sand down the holes. This will give them a worn and wooden appearance. If you want a cleaner look however, you can fill in the holes using wood filler and then sand it down when it’s dry.
2) After the holes are filled and sanded, you’ll want to stain or paint your project to match the rest of your room.
Be sure to use paint and stain that is designed for use on wood.
3) After the paint or stain has dried, apply a few coats of polyurethane to protect the wood and give it a nice shine.
If you want to add a personal touch, you can use decals to create a design on the headboard.
With a bit of time and effort, you’ll soon have a custom made headboard for your bed!
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