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What is the Best Pocket Hole Jig? What to Look for BEFORE You Buy One

What is the Best Pocket Hole Jig? What to Look for BEFORE You Buy One
What is the Best Pocket Hole Jig? What to Look for BEFORE You Buy One

Whether you are carpenter or just like to make your own work in your workshop, you are always looking for ways to improve or simplify the work with wood. For this purpose, you definitely need the best pocket hole jig that you can find to easily join two pieces of wood together. A high-quality template makes it easy to join pieces of wood and help you to hide the screws for a professional end product.

You can find the best pocket hole jig available
from our reviewed list below

 

Kreg K4MS pocket hole system with screw set

Kreg K4MS pocket hole system Kreg has an impeccable reputation for high quality woodworking tools. The K4MS K4 master system is no exception. It is an excellent pocket template for building furniture in the store and for building or repairing furniture on the street. It offers almost unlimited adjustment options, a large clamping recess, a material stop, a removable 3-hole drill guide and a dust removal attachment to keep your work area clean and dust-free. The removable drill guide makes this perforation template a great table model and an excellent tool for contractor quality with a portable base. It can be used to drill pocket holes in materials of 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches thick and can be adjusted in 1/8 inch increments. All of these features create clean, easy-to-connect pocket holes. This kit includes pliers, a drill, dowels and wood screws.

Advantages:                                                                              

  • Progressive 1/8 inch setting between 1/2 and 1 1/2 inches
  • Removable 3-hole drilling guide
  • Large clamping recess
  • Shut down the hardware support
  • Dust collectors
  • Portability
  • Comes with a good selection of wood screws in a handy container

The disadvantages:

  • Excessive flexibility for larger pieces of wood
  • The depth of the collar and the height of the bracket must be adjusted for each wood thickness
  • The lateral positioning of the dust collector can interfere

Kreg jigs are probably the most common jigs used by both DIY and professionals alike due to their reasonable prices and great list of features. For current pricing, you can check them out here.

 

Porter cable 560 QUIKJIG

Carrier cable 560 QUIKJIG The Porter-Cable QUIKJIG pocket-hole room system is easy to use anywhere, provided you can install a solid workbench or table. This pocket hole template drills holes in wood from of 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches thick. The depth and thickness gauge indicates the best drilling angle. It also has a gauge that recommends the correct screw length. This is one of the best pocket hole templates on the market. It comes with a wick, a deep collar, pliers, an Allen wrench, square wrench and 100 screws.

Advantages:

  • Easy to handle
  • Adjusts automatically to the thickness of the wood
  • Recommends the correct drilling angle and screw length
  • Can easily be used on longer pieces of wood with a 2 × 4 stand
  • The dust collector is at the back

The disadvantages:

  • Do not hold tips that are 1/2 inch thick or smaller
  • The screw size recommendations are not always accurate
  • The stop is made of plastic and not very strong

This is a nice bench mounted unit. For current discounts and availability, click here.

 

Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig

Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig The Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig is an excellent portable device with convenient storage compartments for screws, bits and other accessories. The ratchet handle is easily adjusted without tools and the clamping handle is located on the front of the drill. This is one of the best pocket hole templates for mobile woodworking and beginners. For the first time, this jig even offers six simple projects with it. The installation is fast, easy to use and everything you need is stored directly in the device. This pocket template is supplied with an adjustable end stop, screwdriver bits and a hexagon drill and a table to help you choose the right screw size.

Advantages:

  • Very portable
  • Fast and easy to install
  • Fits easily to different board thicknesses
  • Practical storage for screws, bits and accessories
  • The dedusting port swings easily from one side to the other and can be connected to a standard vacuum hose

The disadvantages:

  • Does not resist intensive use
  • Can come broken or missing parts. Check immediately.

This is another jig from industry leader Kreg. But for me, if you’re going to buy a Kreg jig I would personally buy the K4 system. But you can check out the K5 jig here.

 

Kreg MKJKIT Mini Kreg Jig Kit

Kreg MKJKIT Mini Kreg Jig Kit The Mini Kreg Jig is ideal for occasional use or for use in very tight spaces. It is very convenient and easy to use. This is a one-hole template kit for repairing furniture and flooring. The kit includes a set screw, a step drill, a depth ring and an Allen key. The mini-jig kit is ideal for working in small spaces with limited space.

Advantages:

  • Easy to handle
  • Very portable
  • The positioning is very easy due to the construction without fence
  • Can be applied to wood of any thickness

The disadvantages:

  • Do not come with pliers

If you don’t have any other pocket hole jigs yet, I would buy one of the other systems first as to be able to drill 2 holes with one set up is a lot more convenient. I would only buy this kit if you have a very specific application where you only have room for one hole and you have very limited space to get  jig into.

You can see this jig and it’s current pricing here.

 

Portable pocket hole template ImpaktP1

 Impakt P1 Handhole Template The Impakt P1 Handhole Template is ok for light work. It can be used to drill pocket holes in 1/8-inch increments in 1/2 “to 1 1/2” thick wood. Special holes for chip removal keep wood chips away. It has retractable edge stops, making it suitable for use in cabinets. This pocket hole template comes with a 3/8 “drill with a deep necklature, an Allen key, a 6” square drill and 50 1/1 “long wood screws, which is a cost-effective pocket template.

Advantages:

  • Cheaper than similar pocket hole templates
  • Easy to handle
  • Can be used for a variety of projects
  • Drilling aids are easy to remove

The disadvantages:

  • Not robust enough for hard use
  • Maybe not the best pocket size for beginners
  • Difficult to get the right settings when using more than one wood thickness
  • General Tools 850 Heavy Duty All-in-One Aluminum Pocket Hole Template
  • This kit is a complete pocket hole template system. It includes a two hole drill jig, pliers, a 3/8 “step drill, a 3/8” steel thrust collar, an Allen wrench, and a 6 “square drill bit. The kit also includes 24 pieces of fine square head screws, coarse square head screws, and wood screws This is a good, inexpensive pocket hole template that can be used for corner holes, flush or angled, it can also be used to make pocket holes for frame casings, leg splints, and frames, making it ideal for both on-site and in-field use workshop with integrated clamping system The maximum wood width for which this pocket hole template can be used is 1 1/2 inches.

Advantages:

  • Inexpensive
  • polyvalent
  • Robust aluminum construction
  • Has a built-in clip so you never have to find one

The disadvantages:

  • Not robust enough for hard use
  • Cannot be used to drill holes in wood thicker than 1 1/2 inches

Personally, I would avoid this jig. Sure, it works. But I’d spend the extra money and get a decent jig. You can see current availability of this jig here.

 

Milescraft Pocket Hole Jig

Milescraft Pocket Hole Jig ReviewThe Milescraft jig is my favorite jig to use. I absolutely love the magnet it uses with the clamp to help you locate and fix the jig quickly.

And when you’re working on your own, you can use all the extra help you can get 🙂

It allows you to drill the most common board thicknesses (1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 1.5″) and I’ve found it to hold up nicely to regular use. In fact, it’s the jig I’ve used to make the cabinets in our article DIY Storage Cabinet – A Simple Cupboard Design. In fact, it’s the jig I’ve used for ALL the projects on this site that use any sort of pocket hole.

Now, while this kit comes with an assortment of screws, I would only use the Milescraft screws until you run out. I wouldn’t bother buying any more screws from them, as the custom driver they use strips pretty easily.

Rather than using the specific screws from Milescraft, I just use Kreg screws (like this set here) as you can use them with a standard screw bit.

If you want a jig that’s geared a little more for production work or heavier use, you can check out our article The Best Pocket Hole Machine – What to Look for BEFORE You Buy