When straight screws are not an option, pocket hole joinery is the alternative to create a strong connection. This technique usually requires a ‘pocket hole jig system’, which can be quite expensive to buy.
Luckily, we are here to show you how to DIY a pocket hole jig in a few steps, or even make a pocket hole with only one basic tool: a drill.
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Homemade Pocket Hole Jig
This only works for small projects; it is a really easy way and anyone can do it following the next steps:
- Start by drawing a line about two inches from the edge, to mark the places of the holes.
- The next step is to drill two pilot holes. These holes have to be straight and they are essential to prevent breaking off your drill bit.
- Now all you have to do is to use your drill and keep moving it down as you drill into your pilot hole until you almost get to the edge. The length and depth will depend on the nature of your assembly.
- There you go, now you have your two pocket holes, using only your drill!
What about if you want a proper jig and that commercial jigs are just too expensive for you?
You can actually DIY a version that will be as precise and easy.
Again, follow our step by step to avoid any confusion.
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- Use a CAD drawing
To make things easier, you might want to follow a CAD drawing. Many are available but we recommend this one because it’s easier to understand and execute.
- Look for adequate materials to use
You can try and build your pocket hole jig out of IPE to avoid using steel sleeve inside your pilot hole. But it’s all up to you, if you feel more comfortable using steel sleeve, then go ahead!
- Do it yourself!
You will be needing a 3/8” pocket hole drill for this. It normally comes with a lock collar that you are supposed to adjust to the depth of your hole. This is a very tricky step because you need to be very precise to avoid messing your work up.
When you are making a pocket hole, the smaller diameter should be centered and go almost to the edge of the element you are drilling.
Now do the same on a scrap wood with the same thickness as your project element, in order to get it tested first.
What’s left to do is repeat the same procedure for all of your pocket holes, and get ready to assemble them.
We understand that pocket holes are one of the best methods to join wood pieces together. You can use glue if you want to strengthen the connection but most of the time the screws are largely enough.
This is why pocket hole jigs are Essential for woodworking, and you actually don’t need to spend much on one and still get a professional finishing!
We hope that this article was easy to understand and will help you DIY your own!