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Hi,

I am new to the forum and this is my first post.

 

I have purchased the Kreg Jig Jr. and have used it to join wood up to 1.5".

The next project involves oak boards 2" and  3" thick.

Is there a way I can use the above jig to facilitate this?

Thanks

 

Pete

 

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Pete,
Welcome to the community, and great question to get started with! The answer is yes... simply set your jig, the drill bit depth collar, etc. to the largest possible setting (1-1/2") and create your joints as normal! In certain extreme situtations, we've also had customers remove the drill guide from the base so that they could put the guide even further from the edge of the board and drill that much deeper. This would obviously require extra long screws which we do not offer... and possibly some pre-drilling of the other workpiece if the screws are not self-tapping. When you start working with this large of material, you'll have to use a bit of trial and error.

Good luck!
KregRep
Thats great. Thanks very much.
I will try both methods.

Cheers
Pete
You will want to use fine threaded screws in this application since you are working with oak. The longest fine thread screw Kreg offers is a 1 1/2". The best method is to set everything up for 3/4" material and then use the 1 1/2" fine thread screw. This will give you almost 1" into your other piece which should be more than enough holding power.
Dan, thanks for the suggestion.
I tried on some test wood and although I got away with a 3/4 setting using the 2" to 2" join, the 2" to 3" was not holding correctly.
I reverted to the maximum settings and larger screws. I did have to make the pocket a little wider using a second drilling.

I'm new to all this, so apologies for not understanding the advice here.

How would just using the 1.5" maximum settings work with thicker material?

 

I'm trying to join a 2x2 to a 1x8

From other posts I understand that I'll be choosing my screws based on the 1x8 thickness, and setting the bit depth and collar based on the 2x2 that i'm drilling into. But I can't for the life of my figure out how to set the bit depth or collar using 2x2 ( 1.75" thick) material. I've tried using the 1.5" max as suggested but the screw doesn't stick out of the 2x2 enough.

 

I feel like i'm missing some basic kernel of knowledge that would help me make sense of this.

 

Any advice, insights greatly appreciated. 

 

 

KregRep said:

Pete,
Welcome to the community, and great question to get started with! The answer is yes... simply set your jig, the drill bit depth collar, etc. to the largest possible setting (1-1/2") and create your joints as normal! In certain extreme situtations, we've also had customers remove the drill guide from the base so that they could put the guide even further from the edge of the board and drill that much deeper. This would obviously require extra long screws which we do not offer... and possibly some pre-drilling of the other workpiece if the screws are not self-tapping. When you start working with this large of material, you'll have to use a bit of trial and error.

Good luck!
KregRep

Any recommendations on the screw I would use for joining 2 boards of 2"

Thanks

Marcos

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