Hey lady! Have you felt limited with the tool collection that you have. Some collections are smaller than others but you’ve got to start somewhere right? Well what if I told you that there is one tool that will make your collection feel a whole lot bigger? It’s something that will open up so many project opportunities. If you haven’t heard of the Kreg Jig then prepare to be blown away. It is so simple and easy to use. So let me tell you what it is.
What’s A Kreg Jig & How Does It Work
A Kreg Jig (like you can find here) is a jig (or guide) that helps drill pocket holes or angled holes that are used to join 2 pieces of wood together. It’s very simple to use and inexpensive.
How it works
- Determine the depth of the material that you’ll be drilling into. It works with materials from 1/2″ to 1 1/2″ thick.
- Set the depth on the provided drill bit and the jig to match the depth of the material.
- Line up the edge of the jig with the edge of the board (or hang the lip over the edge of the board if this is how your model was designed to work). If you have a K4 or K5 model then you will insert your board into the clamp.
- Clamp everything down and drill the pocket hole. (if you need more than one hole adjust everything and drill the other hole)
- Remove the board from the jig
- Line up the 2 boards you’ll be joining, with the pocket hole side against the other board
- Clamp the 2 boards together against the work surface
- Use the square ended bit to drive the Kreg screws into the hole
And that’s all. You did it! You’ve created a joint with the Kreg Jig!!
What Can I Make With A Kreg Jig
To open your eyes a little to the possibilities of the Kreg Jig, let me share some projects that I have made with it.
1. A-frame chalk board
2. Wood planked sign
3. Farmhouse signs
4. TV console
6. Wooden Frame
7. Fixed a broken cupboard door
Some other things you could make are:
9. Dinning table
10. Dining benches
11. Coffee table
12. Built-in shelves
13. Wooden boxes
14. Storage chest
15. Shoe storage cabinet
16. Stepping stool
20. Planter boxes
There are so many projects you can make with the help of the Kreg Jig. If you can think it, you can probably make it with the Kreg Jig.
So as you can see, you can use the Kreg Jig on small and large projects of all varieties. Any skill level can use one. In fact it may be the tool to move you up from beginner because of the possibilities that it opens up.
What Kind of Kreg Jig Do I Need
When Choosing the right kreg jig for you, there are a few things to consider.
Where you’ll be using it, the types of projects you’ll be doing, and the conveniences you’re willing to pay for.
I’ll introduce you to a few of the varieties of the jig. Then you can decide the rest from there!
1. What is the difference between the different types of Kreg Jigs
There are different sizes of Kreg Jigs.
– The smaller jigs have less pocket holes.
– They come with 1 hole, the 310 Jig (1st picture)
– Or 2 holes, the 320 jig (2nd picture)
– They are more mobile, but not as fast to use.
– You can do any job with the smaller jigs, and they’d be great for starting out.
– here is the Kreg Jig 310 with one hole. And here is the Kreg Jig 320 with two holes. (this is the jig that I have and have used to make all of my Kreg Jig projects)
– You will need a clamp to use with both of these smaller jigs.
– The Kreg Jig clamp is fast and easy to use
– However I use this Dewalt clamp or this larger one.
The Kreg Jigs with more holes (like the K4 Jig here) stand up-right.
– They are faster to use
– These jigs can be secured to a work surface either by screwing it down or by clamping it.
-The clamp and jig stay in place and the only thing that needs to move is the board.
– All that you need to do when using the larger K4 jig is insert the board close the clamp and drill.
What’s so great about the K5 pocket hole jig?
This K5 jig is here to make your life easier. If you’re looking for a jig that’s very easy to use, and has all the conveniences that you could need, then you’ll find it in the K5.
– It has a toggle clamp, which means you can secure it to any surface. It doesn’t even have to be on the edge of a workspace. (think suction clamp) this means you could even clamp it to the kitchen floor if you needed to!
– Adjusting the depth of your material is SO EASY. All you have to do is bull the pin out move the drill block up or down to the desired clearly marked measurement and put the pin in. No extra tools necessary.
– There is a vacuum attachment on the back of this bit to help keep the work area clean
– The storage wings provide storage for all of your screws, bits and accessories
– They have a great video tutorial of this jig on amazon here. (in the featured pictures)
Choose A Jig
Now it’s up to you to decide which one works best for your workspace and the projects you plan to do with it.
Thanks for stopping Lady!!