Helen, there is a new video uploaded here by Jens Jensen showing how he makes "plugs" with a 3/8" dowel. Maybe it could work with a 1/2" dowel. Click on link below and then click on video to watch.
Helen Bauer said:Thanks so much for taking the time to offer your suggestions. Your input helped me find a solution as I incorporated or got ides from your own solutions. Here is what finally worked for me. I placed a strip of 1/8" hardwood underneath my workpiece and backed the depth collar off about 1/8" from the 1/2" setting. By doing both of those things I was able to center the hole and still use a 1" screw. The end result was a strong join and no break through. BTW, the Kreg rep said that plugs can't ever be used with 1/2" pocket holes. Thanks again!
I'm new at woodworking so if my questions seem like I don't know what I'm doing it's because I don't.
Helen Bauer in her reply telling how she found a solution to her problem has left me with a couple of questions.
Helen said " I placed a strip of 1/8" hardwood underneath my workpiece".
Helen do you mean you placed the 1/8" harwood under your workpiece raising it up 1/8"?
Or did you place the 1/8" piece of hardwood between the workpiece and the jig so the hardwood was drilled through before drilling into the 1/2 inch piece?
You said "and (I) backed the depth collar off about 1/8" from the 1/2" setting"
which way did you move the collar? toward the dril tip, or away from the tip?