|"Drill, Drive, Done"|
UPDATE:- Kreg has introduced an update the Kreg Jig Jr. HD for 1 1/2" thick material and larger>
Update II - Ohhhhhh.... I do really, really want to try out the new Kreg Jig K5, an update to the larger unit.
There are exactly 1.25 bazillion* reviews, project plans, and how-to articles /videos out there for Kreg Jigs. I'm not going to dig too deep into the overall concept or how it works. Simply put, it's really just a simple widget to position your drill bit in order to drill a shallow angle hole, a "pocket", and a method of driving a screw to join two boards. Pocket screw joinery is nothing new; there are plenty of ways to accomplish it, but the Kreg has an edge in simplicity, speed, and ease of use.
|Everything in it's place.|
The instruction manual is thin, but it's more than enough. Adjustment, measurement, and placement of the jig is a piece of cake. The info is all either on the tool or the case. You even adjust the depth collar on the bit using a scale right in it's storage spot.
I bought this little gem after returning another brand, unsatisfied, for about the same $40 price. I also picked up a nice starter box of assorted Kreg self-drilling screws for about $25 bucks. Together, they're simply a killer system. I'm keeping this one.
I see online that Kreg makes a big assortment of other woodworking products. It's somewhat expensive, but if it's also good quality, well-designed stuff it may be worth it. After this one, I hope to put a lot more of their stuff through it's paces in the future.
|I screwed this little stubbin' of a 2x4 to my work bench. I didn't try it, |
but I think it could probably, almost begin to hold my full fighting weight.
I found some great videos, on using their jigs, that Kreg put out on YouTube. Check 'em out here.
|Drill baby Drill|
I don't like to pick on this other guy, but it's not even a close contest.
Get you one of these!
Purchase:Kreg R3 Jr. Pocket Hole Jig System at amazon.com
* 1.25 Bazillion = Scientifically reviewing this statement will reveal it is a ridiculous, bald-faced lie. My apologies, I am certain it's only close to half a Bazillion.
_______________________________________UPDATE III: I was pleased to trip across a link to this article featured in the January 2013 issue of Kreg's newsletter: KREG PLUS - Tips, Projects, News, & More. Thanks for the feature Kreg!
What do you think of the Kreg Jig?