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Chief's Shop: Making Your Own Pocket Hole Plugs

Make your own pocket hole plugs for finishing off your pocket hole joinery projects. You need no special tools and you can make several in minutes. See more ...

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Comment by dewm swinford on November 7, 2013 at 4:18pm

I do the same thing except use my multi-oscillating tool to cut them off. I can make a few dozen in 15-20 mins.

Comment by JERRY VERSICHELLI on May 14, 2012 at 12:38pm

GOOD IDEA. THINKING ON YOUR FEET. THATS THE WAY TO GO.

Comment by Leroy Encarnacion on February 7, 2012 at 2:10pm

great tip!!!thanks

Comment by Garth Fort on February 7, 2012 at 1:32pm

Wow! Great tip. Saves trip to the right store for plugs.

 

Nice prompt and useful tip.

Comment by Jim Plumley on February 7, 2012 at 10:32am

Once you figure out what the final length of the plug is you can adjust your unsawn dowel length to give you two plugs with one cut.

Comment by Michael R. Turner on January 24, 2012 at 11:21am

I would suggest setting the clamp collar a little farther from the sharp end of the drill when you make the hole in the scrap.  That way the plug will end up slightly long so it will end up above the surface, and never below it. Sand or plane it flush after it is glued in place.

Comment by KregRep on January 24, 2012 at 9:41am

Great video, Chief! Thanks for sharing. Lots of members here would like to make their own plugs to match their own wood species/grain. This is a great solution for them.

Here's a similar technique posted a while back by the community's own Jens Jensen: http://kregjig.ning.com/video/pocket-plug-jig

Here's another technique we've seen using a customized plug cutter and a drill press (and another solution utilizing a bandsaw in the comments section: http://kregjig.ning.com/photo/pocket-hole-plug-cutter

Comment by Jason Eure on January 18, 2012 at 9:17pm

Chris, Thanks for sharing. One dowel rod is definitely a better investment than a box of wood plugs.

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