Hi everyone! Kevin’s here for another handyman Wednesday. Today, I get to talk about something that has been frustrating me ever since I bought it: a Kreg Jig. What’s a Kreg Jig? Well, have you ever looked under a table and seen how professional carpenters connect corners with only screws? This is how it’s done.
Step 1: Go get a Kreg Jig! I went to Lowes and got this one called the “Pocket-Hole Jig”. It was abuot $40, but worth it. There’s a cheaper 1-hole “mini” model here for $20, or the full-fledged “master system” here for $140. Here’s what ours looks like when opened.
Step 2: Read the table provided by Kreg. The important column is the second one. You have to make sure you get the correct screw length for your material thickness. We’re Kreg-ing a 2×4, so the thickness is 1-1/2 inches. We needed to buy 2-1/2 inch screws (get coated screws for outdoor use if you will be putting this outside).
Step 3: Put the collar on the bit in the correct spot using the guide located on the case. The Kreg kit comes with its own drill bit. This bit has an adjustable collar that you move to match the thickness of the material you’re Kreg-ing.
Step 4: Set the Kreg tool to the appropriate depth.
Step 5: Clamp the Kreg tool to the board.
Step 7: Remove the Kreg tool and screw in your screws using the provided driver bit.
You’re done. Trust me, once you get the hang of it, this is a very easy tool to use. However, I probably scraped 4 or 5 pieces of wood before I figured this out. Once done, this looks better than anything else you can do on your own. That’s why Kreg makes a ton of money off of this piece of plastic and metal.
Have you ever Kreg’d before. Do you own a Kreg-erator? Why do we press harder on the remote when it’s out of batteries? Why is it called “fun size” candy…what’s so fun about getting less candy? Why does the space bar make a louder noise than the rest of the keys?