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Just got this from It costs about $40 with shipping, but saves paying over $6 a box for oak plugs. The other advantage is that you can cut the plugs from the same wood and the grain is going the correct way. Really simple to use.

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Comment by H I L T O N on February 27, 2013 at 12:23am

Paul, the dowel is never going to split in the pocket hole as there is no lateral pressure at all. Even if it did, so what? The plug will still be there covering up the hole as intended.

As a proper dowel, then yes the grain orientation is critical for strength.

Comment by paul jones on February 8, 2012 at 5:40pm

Thank you Rod for your reply.

Actually, after hitting send, I did think that depending on how you drill into your project, the grain pattern could actually be in any direction - inline or across, so your plugs would be suitable in crossgrain sections.

Still wary of crossgrain myself, but accept youve had no problems :)

Comment by Rod on February 8, 2012 at 5:23pm

You are, of course correct.  The possibility of splitting is there, although I have not had it happen.  The advantage of this is that it is the same direction the surface grain is going and blends in to be nearly unnoticeable. 

Comment by paul jones on February 8, 2012 at 4:58pm

Surely the dowel cutter in the drill press should cut into the end grain of your offcut?

The examples shown could split crossways, esp when being inserted into a tight pockethole, but drilling into end grain means the grain is lengthways along the plug and less prone to damage when hit.

Comment by JOSEPH PUGLIESE on February 23, 2010 at 6:45am
Jens, Thnaks. Very clever. If I live another 100 years I will be as smart as you.
Comment by Jens Jensen on February 22, 2010 at 11:40pm
Check out my video on making pocket hole plugs.1.48
Comment by JOSEPH PUGLIESE on February 20, 2010 at 7:22am
I don't get it. OK, I am a beginer woodworker but I have mechanical apptitude and can visulize shapes. I see how the jig cuts the pieces off the dowl but not how the piece is cut in half making the plug??
Comment by chris cormier on February 20, 2010 at 3:49am
lookin good
Comment by Henry Parslow on November 21, 2009 at 11:23am
thanks phillip I have been checking into it along with a couple other things I have
Comment by Rod on November 16, 2009 at 1:29pm
Henry, great idea. It is always fun to see how creative woodworkers can be.

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