I am making coffee table I would like to join the four solid red oak panels together to make a rectangle using 45 degree miters. I was wondering if anyone every had any success use the pocket hole jig for joining miters. I have been playing around with it in my garage and have been having not much luck finding the best placement of the depth collar and the correct length of screw to make a nice, tight, strong joint. I am using 3/4" material. Please Help and input would be great.
Only if you want the pocket holes on the outside. Then set the jig so that the short side of the miter is you reference point but drill from the other side. It will work but it wasn't meant for this typ of joinery. If you are using solid oak why miter it? There is no plywood to hide. You can also join them with a fixo biscuit. Do a search for Lamello Fixo.
So Darrin, Just so I have it correctly. Are you joining the panels together like a box or are you joining them together like a picture frame? All the other replies are assuming you are making a picture frame miter. A half lap miter won't work for panels.