Sabine Schmidt
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How to Make Pocket Holes WITHOUT a Kreg Jig


A Kreg Jig is a helpful tool to have around the house. But if you're like me and don't want to spend $100 on a piece of plastic with holes, try this method. Yes, you can make pocket holes without a Kreg Jig. All you need is a drill.
Make Pocket Holes WITHOUT a Kreg Jig
Make Pocket Holes WITHOUT a Kreg Jig
I used a 1/4 in. drill bit. You can buy a drill bit set with 10 pieces for around $5 at Home Depot or Lowe’s.
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Start by marking off where you want the pocket holes to go.
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Drill two pilot holes holding the drill straight. This is an important step. The pilot holes will keep your drill bit from breaking off.
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Now you’re ready to make pocket holes.
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Go back to your pilot hole and as you drill start moving the drill downward. The drill will lay low and almost touch the wood.
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You have just created two pocket holes. You can make them as deep and long as you need them.
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Take a screw and secure the wood to the other piece.
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And there you have it – two pocket holes. It’s pretty easy, don’t you think?
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I built a kitchen island using this method.
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2 questions
  • Joanna Sorensen
    on Nov 6, 2015

    How deep did you make your pilot holes and how did you make sure you didn't drill deeper than that depth?

    • Jerry Clement
      on Feb 12, 2016

      1/2 the depth of 2 X 4 (or any other dimension)Measure and mark the depth on your drill bit with a 'wrap' of electrical tape

  • Linda Richards
    on Jan 10, 2017

    how far back from the end of the board do you make your mark? or do you make it as long as the srew?

    • John E Johnsrud
      on May 4, 2019

      At least thickness of wood, angle to middle of thickness for exit point. Good guestimate!

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