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ii have been using my jig for a while but lately I have noticed that the right side of my pocket holes are not cutting clean , but seemed to be frayed. dull bit ? , any sugestions ?

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Probably a dull bit but I have noticed some fraying in pine and other soft woods. Kreg does offer a resharp service

thanks it was in pine and poplar and less noticable in oak but still there . odd it is only on one side of pocket hole.

I have to think about that some. I would expect it to be on your left as you are drilling the hole... I supposte the right side as you would look at it.

   barry harper said:

thanks it was in pine and poplar and less noticable in oak but still there . odd it is only on one side of pocket hole.

Even with a new drill bit, cheap birch plywood frays badly, because the top veneer is only a few mils thick.  Usually some fine sand paper cleans it up easily.  It is only on one side of the hole -- the side with the drill exiting the wood.

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Wow, mine did this right out of the box.

It's been recommended to drill the holes at 2000rpm (min), for smooth boring operations---

(as recommended in the owners manual/instructions).

I bore my pocket holes at 2000 - 2500rpm, and have no problems.


Teresa Walker said:

Wow, mine did this right out of the box.

I'LL check my speed but dont see that as a problem as the last time i tried varying speeds to see if that was the issue, Thanks

''Speed and feed'' is of utmost importance, in any machining operations, for satisfactory results, in all materials.

I dont no but I wonder if you put painters tape on and then drill through and see  if the splinting is resolved.Just a suggestion but I have really never had it happen to my pocket holes

Jens, have you ever put pocket holes in birch ply?  Last night I prolly drilled over a hundred pocket holes and they all frayed on the right side where the drill exits the hole.

I'm going to try painters tape on a few scraps, and see how that works.

Jens Jensen said:

I don't know, but I wonder if you put painters tape on and then drill through and see  if the splinting is resolved. Just a suggestion but I have really never had it happen to my pocket holes

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