I bought a Kreg Jig a couple of weeks ago, and I'm having real difficulties making a decent joint.
I'm trying to make a simple right angle joint that looks like: L with the pocket holes on the inside of the L.
But the joints are almost always ridiculously weak (I can rip them apart with my hands) and sometimes the tip and side of the screw pokes through the end grain of the of the mating board. I'm working with 1" (actual thickeness 3/4") pine. I've checked the bit depth and collar depth a zillion times, both are set to 3/4" (using the shelf of the bit not the tip to set the collar).
What's strange is that I can drill three or more consecutive pocket holes on a single board, screw it to the mating board, and 1 screw might join perfectly while the other two will have problems ---- even though the bit depth, collar, depth, torque and speed of the drill never changed for any of the holes. And looking at the pockets holes, they all seem the same.
I'm at my wits end trying to figure out what's going on.
A weekend project that I could have just screwed and glued is becoming a real problem, and I may just have to return the Kreg Jig ... even though I'm guessing that there must be something I'm not understanding or doing right.
Any advice greatly appreciated.
btw .. If I want to try to try to rescue the pieces that I've stripped from overdriving by making new pocket holes, how close and far from the edge could I put the new holes while still creating a solid joint?
i have had a few problems like you over tightening the screws, to get over this i scewed in by hand driver until i felt it tighten if you put glue on the joint you will see it come out and you know thats enough,i had to set my drill on low then keep altering it unil is went in like hand now its easy,
Hello there, maybe it will help a little if you post some photos of the problem,
because is a very rare problem,
maybe is the quality of the wood you're using?
I'm a NOOB with this jig and never had this problem, always get a strong joint and 90º, most of times using pine,
hope I may help!
Here are pics of a couple of 1x8 boards where i've ruined the pocket holes by overdriving. In the second pic you can that I tried adding a couple of new pocket holes before I got people's advice here and they're stripped too. :)
Is there enough room on the outside of the original pocket holes to drill new holes and try to salvage the boards? I can't find any mention online as to how close to the side of a board you can safely put a pocket hole.
Uh ok Shift,
I think that overdriving is the problem, are you using a battery operated drill? almost all battery drills have a torque limitator selector, I always use a battery drill using it in the "low" gear and the torque limitator in the "10" mark, as soon as it get to the wood only drives quarter to half turn until it stop,
doing this I always get a nice tight joint without spliting the wood
hope this help
Thanks Andrew. I was wondering about how to position the line on the depth guide ... I'm going to try hiding it on my next test. ... Also had no idea that the density varied throughout the boards.
Being new to all this, I just assumed that driving the screws by hand or even slowly would somehow create a weaker joint. The tests today are showing that's not at all the case.
Thanks Kelly. I learnt about cleaning out the pockets the hard way :)
What do you mean when you say move the jig back from the end of the board?