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thanks for the reply. I am probably over driving the screws. I think I may need some practice on scrap wood to get the technique down. I will also take a look at the charts with screw choices and material. 

Robert Brennan said:

Hello and welcome Sandra,

In relation to your question about screws poking through.

The reason screws may poke through relate to either being the incorrect size (too long) or you are overdriving them, (meaning drivig the heads into and beyond the bottom of the counterbore.

There is an easy way to check the length, after drilling put a screw in the pocket hole and check with the mating material how much penetration the screw tip has. (BTW you can Use similar scrap to do this test).

If all is good there they are being over driven.

Have a look at the Kreg charts on this site showing the screw choices  using screw with similar or dissimilar materials it may assist.

Hi Sandra!

I had this problem constantly since I am working in metric and thus had to adjust. My method is to set the stop collar on the drill bit 1/16" lower than it should be according to the charts. That makes the pocket hole bottom a bit higher and the tip of the screw which is going through the joint is shorter.

Based on my experience, it has zero impact on the joint strength, but it prevents any type of protruding (unless of course I am really driving the screw too far). 

Cheers!

Ed

Sandra Eynon said:

thanks for the reply. I am probably over driving the screws. I think I may need some practice on scrap wood to get the technique down. I will also take a look at the charts with screw choices and material. 

Robert Brennan said:

Hello and welcome Sandra,

In relation to your question about screws poking through.

The reason screws may poke through relate to either being the incorrect size (too long) or you are overdriving them, (meaning drivig the heads into and beyond the bottom of the counterbore.

There is an easy way to check the length, after drilling put a screw in the pocket hole and check with the mating material how much penetration the screw tip has. (BTW you can Use similar scrap to do this test).

If all is good there they are being over driven.

Have a look at the Kreg charts on this site showing the screw choices  using screw with similar or dissimilar materials it may assist.

HI, my name is Patrick.  I have been doing woodworking since high school shop class.  I have recently purchased the Kreg Jig to build a table and some cabinets.  I've made a variety of furniture from a china cabinet to a loft bed with a desk underneath.  I went from dowels to biscuits to now the Kreg. Although I build mostly small woodworking projects these days, I occasionally build some larger projects, and the Kreg will make it much easier and faster.

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