Asked by: Canuto Cappa
hobbies and interests woodworking

How do you set up a Kreg Jig?

Check out this easy tutorial by The Pursuit of Handyness featured on for more info.
  1. Step 1 – Set the Drill Guide. The first step to using a Kreg Jig is to adjust the drill guide to the thickness of our workpiece.
  2. Step 2 – Set the Drill. The next step is to set the drill depth.
  3. Step 3 – Drill Pocket Holes.

Also question is, what depth should I set my Kreg jig?

Each jig position has its recommended drilling depth. To drill in 3/4" (19mm) material for example, set the Depth Collar 3-1/2" (89mm) from the Step of the drill bit (see figure 1A) using a folding rule or tape measure. This will place the tip of the bit approximately 1/8" (3mm) from the edge of the workpiece.

Secondly, can you use a Kreg Jig on 2x4? Start by adjusting the Drill Guide Block (or the Positioning Sliders on the Kreg Jig® R3) based on the thickness of the wood you are using. Just remember that you need to use the actual thickness of your wood, not the nominal thickness. For example, a 2x4 board has an actual thickness of 11/2".

Similarly one may ask, what angle does a Kreg Jig drill at?

Hole are drilled at an angle, usually 15 degrees, into a workpiece and then joined to a second workpiece with self-tapping screws. There are special pocket hole jigs you can buy and they use special drill bits, specialty screws, and special angled dowels for finishing off the holes.

How do you set up a Kreg Jig for a 2x4?

For example, a 2x4 board has an actual thickness of 1-1/2". Next, set the Depth Collar on the drill bit. Again, you're setting is based on the thickness of your wood. You'll find a drill bit setup gauge on the base of the Kreg Jig®, and inside the Kreg Jig Jr.

Related Question Answers

Alfonzo Hyne


What is a Kreg Screw?

Ordinary woodworking screws and drywall screws have a head with a conical shape on the underside. The head on a Kreg Screw is perfectly flat on the bottom. That flat shape mates perfectly with the flat pocket in a Kreg pocket hole. When you assemble a joint with Kreg Screws, the pocket hole is all you have to drill.

Martina Reche


How does the Kreg Jig work?

A Kreg Jig is a type of tool used to join wood. Kreg Jigs can help you drill what are known as pocket holes, which allow screws to be inserted at an angle. Because the screws run along the grain of the wood rather than through it, the joint will be much stronger and more secure.

Tobi Turtygin


Which is better Kreg k4 or k5?

It's the more recent generation of the same tool and has a few innovations the K4 doesn't. But the K5 costs about 25% more while providing the exact same performance – those innovations may make the K5 more convenient, but they don't make you drill better pocket holes.

Horatio Tissen


Which pocket hole jig is best?

The 5 Best Pocket Hole Jigs
  1. Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig – Best Overall. Check Latest Price on Amazon.
  2. PORTER-CABLE 560 Pocket-Hole Jig System. Check Latest Price on Amazon.
  3. Kreg R3 Jr Pocket Hole Jig – Best Value. Check Latest Price on Amazon.
  4. Kreg K4MS K4 Pocket Hole Jig-System.
  5. Osaava 47709 Twin Pocket Hole Jig Kit.

Rachad Schiffgens


Can you use Kreg jig on melamine?

From contributor A: They will work fine. The problem will be the drill bit. The regular Kreg bits are HSS.

Yann Valmasov


What does a pocket hole machine do?

With one pull of the handle, They can start the motor, clamp their workpiece, and drill perfect pocket holes. The adjustable fence positions The workpiece for precise pocket depth, and a pair of adjustable stops provide repeatable accuracy.

Wael Macaye


How deep do you drill pocket holes?

Set the drill bit depth
Leave a 1/8-in. space between the tip of the bit and the built-in stop on the end of the pocket hole jig. Pocket screw jigs are ready to go right from the package. All you have to do is slide the stop collar over the bit, adjust the bit depth and tighten the collar (Photo 1).

Florenta Soltau


How many pocket holes do I need?

For the strongest Kreg Joints™ possible, we recommend spacing pocket holes evenly across your workpiece. For panels, place the first pocket hole roughly 2" from the edge or end of the panel, and then every 6" after that. When drilling panels, you can use any of the Drill Guide's holes.